In every important occasion in the Philippines, lechon is always the centerpiece in the Filipino dinner table. If there is no lechon, you can expect some level of disappointment to your guests–it’s like the star failing to appear for his fans on his meet-and-greet.
Unbeknownst to many, lechon is not an exclusive Filipino dish. ‘Lechon‘ is a Spanish term for a whole roasted pig cooked over charcoal. It is a popular dish in the Philippines, Dominican Republic, Cuba, Puerto Rico and Latin America.
Cebu is known as the lechon capital of the world. So when in Cebu, one should always try lechon. This time, I checked out this modest establishment in Wilson St., Lahug called Tatang’s Boneless Lechon. It’s located on the same street lined many other well known restaurants such as Fujinoya, Pino, Manggahan, etc.
Tatang’s is best known for it’s boneless lechon. To those who are uninformed, boneless lechon is the whole pork belly deboned and infused with herbs and spices then roasted.
I’ve been a loyal patron of Tatang’s, but I didn’t know they had a full menu as well. Who knew you could create plenty of interesting dishes from one whole pig alone?
As a starter, we tried the lechon wraps a la Peking duck wraps. Very interesting concept, and tasty, too! You can book your very own Tatang’s lechon wrap station for your events and other special occasions.
Now on to main course. Some of the interesting dishes they created out of lechon are: Lechon Flakes, Crispy Dinuguan, Lechon Kare-kare and Lechon Lumpia. All mouth-watering, it’s hard to choose a favorite.
Tatang’s Boneless Lechon is open daily from 11 AM to 10 PM. Tatang’s is located in Wilson St., Lahug. Contact numbers: Cebu – +63 (032) 316 4719, +63 (032) 406 3873; and Manila – 0917 881 4411. Check their FB Page here.