“Lech贸n: Pigging out in the Philippines” as featured in Chowzter.com!

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Five awesome culinary experiences highlight the national dish of this island country. 

On his Philippine episode of “No Reservations,” celebrity TV Chef Anthony Bourdain hailed lechón, a roasted pig specialty of this island country, as the “The Best Pig Ever.” 

Lechón is so popular in the Philippines that an annual festival, called Parada ng Lechon, or Parade of Lechón, is held every June 24 to commemorate the country’s patron saint, St. John, and inhabitants from all over the Philippines converge upon the municipality of Balayan in the province of Batangas to parade decorated golden-red or golden-brown pigs with their mouths stuffed with apples.

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PEPITA’S KITCHEN: Hayop na Lechon Degustacion!

11/26/2014 Update: DINNER at TIFFANY’S: 8 Course Lechon Degustacion in Splendour by Pepita’s Kitchen

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HAYOP NA DEGUSTACION is a 12-course Pinoy degustation feast with Pepita’s Stuffed Lechon as the highlight. Pepita’s Lechon by Dedet was the Overall Winner of Ultimate Taste Test 4, where they were first discovered in 2010.

Foodies always rave about Dedet’s creative variations of stuffed lechon (roasted pig). My favorites include the French Lechon with Truffle Stuffing, Lechon with Binagoongan Rice stuffing, Lechon with Laing Rice, and their latest creation, Thanh Long de Leche.

In 2012, PEPITA’S KITCHEN launched the Lechon Degustacion, a private dining at the house where the stuffed lechons are prepared and cooked. It has become the best Pinoy-inspired degustation feast in the metro.

Just this September 2013, Dedet introduced the latest edition — Hayop na Degustacion — a streamlined version of the original lechon degustation. Together with other food bloggers and some OB Montessori people, we were invited to be the “guinea pigs” for the final taste test of the new degustacion menu.

Here is our Hayop na Degustacion experience at Pepita’s Kitchen…

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VICTORINO’S: Sunday Lunch @ Authentic Ilocano-Filipino Homey Restaurant in Quezon City :)

VICTORINO’S is a homey restaurant in Quezon City specializing in authentic Ilocano-Filipino dishes with signature cakes by Heny Sison.

It is owned by DV Savellano, the vice governor of Ilocos Sur, his sister Queenie Paras, and family friend Chef Heny Sison. It is a tribute to their father and patriarch of the Savellano’s of Ilocos.

Finally, we now have a really good Ilocano restaurant in the Metro Manila.  Also, I’m glad that one can savor Heny Sison’s creations in a warm homey setting 馃檪

Here’s our Victorino’s Sunday Lunch experience:

The Homey Cafe Restos of QC:

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ELIAS and the Spirants


Elias is one of the high-end Filipino restaurants in Bonifacio High Street Central. It is an upscale version of Crisostomo by Florabel Co Yatco. It basically has the same “Turn of the Century Filipino Dining Concept” but has an expanded menu to include pizza and other dishes.

This was the setting for one of the mini-reunions of my wife’s ICA batch called Spirants. I’m starting to get to know her high school batchmates, including Florabel, the owner of the restaurant.

Bonifacio High Street Central Restaurants:

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ILOILO FOOD TRIP: Netong’s Original Special Lapaz Batchoy

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Iloilo is the home of Batchoy, and there is a never-ending debate on who offers the best version – Ted’s or Deco’s. However, the best authentic Batchoy for me can be found in Netong’s Lapaz Batchoy.

Ultimate Visayan Food Trip Series:

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ILOILO FOOD TRIP: Breakthrough, Number 1 Tourist Destination in Iloilo!

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Breakthrough is the undisputed king of fresh seafood in Iloilo and the number one tourist spot in the city.

Ultimate Visayan Food Trip Series:

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Chef’s Lab Potions and Kitchen Test Food

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Chef’s Lab, Chef Bruce Lim’s third restaurant, is located in Burgos Circle. It focuses more on new kitchen test recipes and offers test tube shots with different love potions and a relatively affordable basic menu that still focuses on modern Filipino cuisine.

We decided to try out the new creations at Chef’s Lab. Here’s our experience…

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Chef Tatung Garden Cafe Birthday

Review Shortlink: oap.ph/ChefTatungRevisited QR Code: oap.ph/ChefTatungRevisitedQRCode

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Read this FirstChef Tatung’s Private Dining

Chef Tatung decided to change his resto concept from a Continental Private Dining restaurant to a Regional Filipino Garden Cafe, with emphasis on his Cebuano and Bicolano heritage. The restaurant still continues to support local farmers’ produce and promises a homey garden ambiance.

We decided to celebrate my brother Rommel’s birthday here to check out the new menu…

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8065 Bagnet, Bagnet-Inspired Hole-in-the-Wall

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The double-fried crispy pork specialty of Ilocos is glorified in this Bagnet-themed hole-in-the-wall resto in Makati. This place feels like Fat Michael’s and serves good food with warm service.

It is named after its street number address: 8065 Estrella. It is owned by Alain Nadal (older brother of a popular singer of our generation — Kitchie Nadal) and his partner Jeff Tuason. It’s been popular among Manila-based foodies for some time now.

Here is our 8065 Bagnet experience…

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Villa Cafe Kapampangan Resto by Chef Sau & Chef Jam

Chef Sau and Chef Jam have finally opened a Kapampangan resto serving heirloom recipes from their families. It is aptly named “Villa” because of the old villages in Angeles — Villa Gloria and Angela — where they grew up.

All the dishes we ordered were rich in taste, plated well, and had that signature Kapampangan quality. Looks-wise and taste-wise, this is the kind of Filipino food that can please an international audience.

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