Before we went to Cebu, E had one request. His request was if we can have lechon everyday. In the end, that request didn’t happen, just because there are a lot of other amazing places to eat at in Cebu. Of course, it is mandatory or well it is best if you eat lechon (roasted pork belly) in Cebu compared to eating a re-heated lechon from Cebu.
As a tourist, I only knew of two lechon places there in Cebu: Zubuchon and CNT. Thanks to Tom and Tammy I discovered Cebu’s Original Lechon Belly. So before our flight back to Manila, we had lunch over at Cebu’s Original Lechon Belly. At first the server said that they had no more lechon available, it was just 12:30pm that time and they had no lechon left! Great thing we stayed for a bit and we’re first in line when they got a fresh batch of lechon!
I ended up ordering 1/4 kilo of original lechon, 1/2 kilo of spicy lechon, 12 puso (rice) to start and orange soda. Just to share, I am not a big lechon fan. I think it’s a bit too oily for my taste and the taste is not that special for me. This all changed with my first bite of Cebu’s Original Lechon Belly. The meat was so tender, it wasn’t that oily, and it had that distinct umami taste that hit the just right meter. I soon found a new appreciation for lechon thanks to Cebu’s Original Lechon Belly. Even E, Chinee and Palos enjoyed eating lechon that we ended up ordering additional rice!
Compared to Zubuchon, which looked a bit more expensive and had a lot of other food in the menu, Cebu’s Original Lechon Belly is pretty straight forward – they sell lechon, rice, drinks and dessert. I also liked the al freso set-up which made it more authentic. When you eat there, do not expect utensils. They will give you plastic gloves to cover your hands as you eat, don’t worry they have a sink there so you can also wash your hands before and after you eat.
Overall, it is a must to eat here. If you are planning on taking home lechon, Zubuchon is okay, but if you plan to eat lechon in Cebu this should be on the top of your list!