Optimizing the Lechon Experience

Whole roasted pig, known in the Philippines as lechon, is one of the favorite dishes of Filipinos. During fiestas, birthdays, weddings, Christmas parties, or any other celebration, it is common to see this dish. It is, in fact, the highlight of most celebrations. There are even times when we crave lechon on ordinary days.

 

In Cagayan de Oro, which is known to be where some of the country’s best lechon are found, there is good news. The city’s first and currently only restaurant that offers eat-all-you-can lechon buffet (with other delicious Pinoy dishes)—the House of Native Lechon—is now open. Before you head off to enjoy their buffet, you may want to check out some tips on how you can best enjoy the lechon experience.

 

Most Flavorful Parts

 

Many people would agree that the most flavorful parts of a lechon are the skin, the ribs, and the belly. Here are the reasons most commonly given on why people love these three parts of a lechon:

 

  1. Skin – People love the crunchy goodness of lechon skin, and it helps that the layer of fat that typically clings to the skin adds to its flavor. The skin is especially good when the pig that is roasted is just a few months old (about four to six months) and has just a thin layer of fat. Sometimes there are even strips of meat that get roasted onto the skin, and these are very flavorful as well; these strips of meat make you enjoy lechon skin even more.

 

  1. Ribs – Among the things that make CDO lechon one of the best in the country (in the world, even) are the spices used by CDO lechoneros. These spices are typically stuffed inside the pig’s belly prior to cooking, which is why the rib area is one of the best parts of a lechon; it has soaked up all the flavors and is therefore mouthwateringly good. And nibbling the meat from the bone is also a fun experience!

 

  1. Belly – Just like the ribs, the lechon belly part right next to it is also full of delicious flavors, having soaked up the goodness of the spices stuffed into the pig prior to roasting. Plus, the fact that the belly is all meat and no bone makes it the best part of a lechon for those who do not care much for nibbling on bones. Yes, you’ll have to wait a while to get to that part, but it sure is worth the wait.

 

Enjoying Lechon

 

Lechon is enjoyable enough as it is, but there are ways for you to maximize your enjoyment of this all-time favorite Pinoy dish. Of course, each person has a different take on how one can best enjoy a serving of lechon, but where we are concerned, here are the best ways to optimize the lechon-eating experience:

 

  1. Eat with your bare hands. Yes, indeed. Kamayan is the way to go when you’re eating lechon. Sure, it will taste just as delicious when you eat it using utensils, but the experience of going kamayan when you’re eating lechon is unbeatable!

 

  1. Eat it with plain steamed rice. When there’s lechon, it definitely is NOT the time to go on a no-rice diet. There’s just something about the lechon-steamed rice combo that makes it oh-so-good. Try pairing lechon with any other food—fried rice, pasta, egg noodles—and you’ll be sure to agree that plain steamed rice is the way to go.

 

  1. If you’re one of those who love lechon skin, here’s a tip: Look for the parts with the bubbles; these are usually the crispiest parts. Its crispiness is one of the reasons why people love lechon skin, so it’s only logical for you to choose the crispiest part.

 

  1. If the layer of fat clinging to the skin is a bit thick, scrape it off. Yes, it adds to the skin’s flavorful goodness, but it can also cause umay (nausea), which destroys the whole lechon experience. Give yourself the chance to eat more of your favorite lechon skin by doing away with the excess fat.

 

  1. Get the ice-cold cola out. Yes, you can eat lechon with any other drink, cold or otherwise. But once you try it with ice-cold soda, you probably won’t want any other combo in the future. There are few things more satisfying than that burp you make after enjoying a lechon/steamed rice/ice-cold cola experience.

 

Are you ready for some lechon? We know we are. Let’s go!

 

Sustainable Construction: Helping the Present and Protecting the Future

Sustainability has become quite a common term in recent years. In the past, we only ever hear it either in science class or in news pertaining to the environment. These days, however, you are likely to hear the term used in various industries, including construction.

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The term itself is broad, pertaining to people’s desire to carry out specific activities without having a negative impact on the environment. The Brundtland Commission defined it as our ability to meet “the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs.” Continue reading

Bosch Opens Fourth PH Business Hub in Cagayan de Oro City

Another foreign country has chosen the flourishing city of Cagayan de Oro to be the center of its business operation in Northern Mindanao. This time, it is Bosch, the German multinational engineering and electronics company, that has targeted the city of Golden Friendship as their next business hub in the Philippines. Last June 25, 2015, Bosch has released an official statement confirming their plans of making Cagayan de Oro as an addition to their business centers in the country. And just this August 5, 2016, in Barangay Gusa, Bosch officially inaugurated their new business center. Bosch’s newest hub is located at Neo Arcade Building in Gusa.

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Present during the inauguration was Andrew Powell—Bosch’s Marketing Manager—who expressed his excitement of opening their 4th business center in the Philippines. According to Powell, they are aware that Cagayan de Oro is the best place to expand their business, especially with the current plan of the Duterte administration to transform Mindanao as the country’s economic powerhouse. Continue reading

House of Native Lechon: A New Go-to Place for CDO Foodies

The Philippines is an archipelago composed of more than 7,000 islands. It is therefore understandable for each region of the country to have its own specialty when it comes to food. There is, however, one dish that is a favorite all over the country and is present in just about every occasion celebrated in Filipino homes and localities. We are talking about the spit-roasted pig we have come to know as Lechon.

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CDO Lechon: Among the Country’s Best

If you love lechon and happen to live in Cagayan de Oro, then you should consider yourself lucky because the lechon in the City of Golden Friendship is deemed by many as one of the best in the country, along with lechon in Iligan and Cebu. When people from other parts of the country come to CDO to visit family, to go on an adventure, or even for business purposes, it is rare for them not to sample some of the city’s lechon on at least one meal for the entire duration of their stay. Continue reading

Soon in Mindanao – The Mindanao Railway Project

 A war-torn area infested with rebels, crimes, and poverty—that’s how most Filipinos see the island of Mindanao. Thanks to the media and their sometimes over-exaggerated news reporting, our homeland is shunned by foreigners and even investors. Comparing it to Luzon and Visayas, progress in Mindanao is really slow and minimal. But all these things are about to change now that the president of the Philippines is a true-blue Mindanaoan.

The moment that President Duterte was inaugurated as the country’s 16th president, it was clear that the progress in Mindanao is one of his priorities. As a matter of fact, during his first SONA (State of the National Address), he has shared one of his projects in Mindanao—the Mindanao Rail Project. Continue reading

El Niño 2016 – Everything You Need to Know about This Phenomenon

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City-Wide Curfew for Minors in CDO Now in Full Effect

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XU Nursing Garners 100% Passing Rate; Two Grads Top NLE

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The College of Nursing of Xavier University – Ateneo de Cagayan soared high once again after the PRC declared that they have garnered a 100% passing rate. Continue reading

Northern Mindanao’s Population Surged by 1.68% – PSA Census Reveals

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Among all the places in the region, PSA’s latest census has also shown that the city of Cagayan de Oro—Misamis Oriental’s capital city—is Region X’s fastest growing area. In a span of five years (2010-2015), the city had an average population growth rate of 2.23%.  Being considered as Northern Mindanao’s business hub and education center, the boom in CDO’s populace is not that surprising. According to the data released by the PSA, the number of the city’s inhabitants rose from 602,088 in 2010 to 675,950 in 2015. CDO’s current number of residents has already surpassed that of Camiguin Island and Misamis Occidental.

Cagayan de Oro isn’t the only city in the region Continue reading

Kagay-anon News – CDO-CSWD and COCPO Implements City-Wide Juvenile Curfew

Last June 1, 2016, the City Social Welfare and Development (CSWD) Office of Cagayan de Oro, together with the COCPO (Cagayan de Oro City Police Office), has reinstated the 1994 city-wide curfew for minors. Under City Ordinance No. 4373-94, kids aged 15 and below are ordered to strictly follow the curfew from 10 o’clock in the evening until 5 o’clock in the morning of the following day.

According to Teodoro Sabuga-a, Jr., the chief of CSWD, they have been enforcing the 10 o’clock evening curfew for adolescents during the opening of classes in the city for years now. But with the ongoing plans of the Duterte administration to effectuate teenage night-time restriction across the country, the CSWD and the COCPO have decided to bring back the 1994 city regulation. Apart from protecting the youth, the said city decree will also help us Kagay-anons prepare for and adjust to the upcoming laws and regulations that President Duterte expects to have executed starting June 30.

Although the night-time restriction for teenagers is now fully implemented across Cagayan de Oro city, just like many Kagay-anons, Sabuga-a believes that Continue reading