I’ve lived in Davao for a number of years where every little party is just an excuse for people to have lechon. So when I got an invite to join a number of people to taste test some lechon, I was a bit skeptical on how it could compare to the Davao lechon. I later found out that the lechon to be served was going to come from General’s lechon.
|photo credit to Spanky of Manila Boy|
General’s Lechon is a home based lechon roasters owned by Brian and Lynett Ong, using a recipe from San Carlos city in Negros Occidental.I had remembered my brother ordering from them a couple of years ago, it was quite good then but the size of the lechon was a little too big for my tastes.
Fast forward to the day itself, I was surprised to find out we would be served 3 lechons in different flavors namely Curry, Chili-Garlic and Original. I was quite intrigued and excited since I was thinking it was going to be the regular lechon.
Brian started explaining to the group how to cut and how to eat the lechon, I was not remotely interested since I have the experience of eating numerous ones over the years and know what are the good parts.
People started getting the skin, I admit I got a piece or two and they were really crispy, then the ribs. I left them to get those parts while waiting patiently at the back for our turn to get the our secret parts. It came our turn and when we pointed out what parts we wanted, Brian looked to us and said “You guys know your lechon”.
I’ll tell you our secret, the best and most flavorful parts of the lechon is the belly, they are darker in color and absorb the most flavor.The skin below the belly is also a favorite of mine, it might not be crispy but the juices pool there and gives it quite a punch of flavor.
Another tip for eating lechon is drink soda instead of water as this will help you burp after consuming the oil.
I was able to try all three flavors and the Curry flavor really stood out for me since it tasted different than regular lechon. The Chili-Garlic was also quite good, the garlic and chili imparted a different but similar taste to the regular lechon. The Original one was the most disappointing one as it kinda lacked the familiar flavor I was expecting.
For me, Generals Lechon is the best lechon in manila, unique flavors and crispy skin just a call away. So go ahead and give it a try and tell me all about it.