Lydia's Lechón Restaurant, Metro Manila
Nice. This being my first trip to the Philippines, it seemed as if there were an endless number of new things to eat. But there was one thing I had to be sure to get while I was here: lechón, or roasted pig. Sure, one might argue that roast suckling pig in one country is just like it is in any other, right? But unlike the thicker skinned version I had in England just a couple of weeks ago, the skin of this beast was paper thin...and separated from the meat, kinda like crispy Peking Duck. Pair this with a very rich yellow "Java rice" that they had here (551 Service Road, Roxas Boulevard, Baclaran, 851-2987) and this became a very satisfying meal. Yum.
We felt a bit stupid though when we ordered some lechón paksiw as well. We thought that we were trying something new, only to find that this was basically leftover lechón sitting in that sweet liver sauce that we already got on the side with the "fresh" version. Oh well. There's certainly no shortage of other things to try in this country, although frankly I'd be happy eating nothing but that thin pork skin for the rest of the week.