Lechons have funny names. One of my favorite brands is Abub’s lechon, which I wrote about here.
I have yet to try Ulcing’s lechon, which someone recommended.
Most recently my friend Rhoda was raving about Pepita’s lechon, known for its different stuffings.
Rhoda specifically mentioned “stuffed with truffle rice”. Now, anything with truffle or bone marrow. pretty much seals the deal for me.
So one night Jeroen and I were invited to a lechon degustacion at the house of Pepita’s lechon. The 12-course sit-down dinner was hosted by Dedet de la Fuente, who started it all in her Magallanes home.
I thought I would walk into a buffet of all kinds of lechon. But the impatient diner in me had to wait through a few appetizers before the actual lechons were served.
We sampled German lechon, stuffed with garlic bulbs, marble potatoes, and herbs; Spanish Manileña lechon, with Spanish chorizo and crab fat paella; French lechon, stuffed with said truffle rice and Pinoy lechon, with laing rice.
I tried only the German and French lechons and loved them. Jeroen liked the Pinoy lechon with laing best. While Spanish lechon seemed to be the crowd favorite.
I served Pepita’s French lechon during dinner at home and it was wiped out in no time. I realized it was too tiny to serve for a big party. I personally think one lechon de leche is good for four-six people only (or less).
Good thing we had a larger Abub’s lechon on standby. Check out this beauty.
Pepita’s Lechon comes in one size only (small) and costs anywhere from Php 6,500-7,500.
Order at least three days in advance. If you’re having a party, I would suggest ordering more than one.
You can also arrange a degustacion dinner at Pepita’s home for a party of 15 at Php 1,500/head.
To know more, go to their Facebook page.
To order or inquire, call Dedet at (0917) 866.0662 or 425.4605.