Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Lydia's Lechon Restaurant

I don't know anyone who doesn't love Lechon. I even know some people who would kill for that crispy and tasty skin. *wink*  Even Anthony Bourdain hails our Lechon as the best roasted pig ever! And why not? This babies are slowly roasted (sometimes it takes one whole day!) making the meat still moist and delicious while the skin crispy and crunchy.

We all know that Lechon Cebu is the best, but here in Manila, one of the more popular names is Lydia's Lechon. Are you also curious how Lydia's became a household name? Here's an overview.

With P500.00 as starting capital way back in 1965, Lydia and Benigno de Roca opened the first Lydia's Lechon retail stall just outside of the Our Lady of Sorrows Church, F.B. Harrison St., Pasay City (Philippines).

Some devotees of the church, who happened to be in the restaurant and hotel business, tried their lechon and appreciated its cebu-style taste and freshness. Word of mouth began to spread of the savory taste of the couple's lechon. They began to grow a decent following from the regulars of the church . Soon, they started to get orders for whole lechons.

In 1986 they opened their first self-service restaurant along the service road of Roxas Blvd., Baclaran, Parañaque City. While their patrons began to grow, the couple thought of giving them alternative to the cebu-style lechon. Then, the boneless lechon stuffed with seafood paella was launched. It was an instant hit; a unique gastronomical experience. Source

Anyway, here's what we ordered

Half a kilo of honest-to-goodness Lydia's lechon which DB and I consumed in just 10 minutes!

Ensaladang Mangga with Sweet Bagoong -- Perfect appetizer

Kare-Kare -- Fresh vegetables with Beef in Peanut Sauce, another Filipino favorite!


Lydia's Lechon
551 Service Road, Roxas Blvd.
Baclaran, Parañaque City, Philippines
Tel.: (632) 851-2987 / 851-2988

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