A different kind of holiday lechon

A chef cuts the lechon open to reveal the stuffed truffle rice, which adds another layor of flavor to the lechon. (RJ Lumawag)
A chef cuts the lechon open to reveal the stuffed truffle rice, which adds another layor of flavor to the lechon. (RJ Lumawag)

LECHON. This roasted pig is a staple among Filipinos when there are special occasions or celebrations. This coming holiday season, you will seldom find Christmas party that is without a lechon.

Pollo Porco, which is known for its chicken-stuffed lechon, has recently introduced to the Davao market a different kind of stuffed lechon.

In time for the Christmas season, Pollo Porco is introducing to Dabawenyos its Truffle Rice and Aligue Rice lechon.

"Here in Davao wala ako masyadong nakikita na mga lechonero na nagfefeature ng truffles unlike in Luzon (Unlike in Luzon, you do not normally find lechoneros featuring an ingredient like truffles)," Anne Lorraine Domingo-Yap, Pollo Porco co-owner, said.

She added that in Luzon, the prices of stuffed lechon like the Truffle Rice Lechon are priced on the higher end.

Here in Davao City, Pollo Porco is selling their Truffle Rice Lechon at P5,500, which is good for 15 people. The Aligue Rice Lechon is pegged at P4,500, which also serves 15 people. Meanwhile their lechon stuffed with native chicken is pegged at P4,050.

"This is good for the Christmas season. Upgrade natin yung lechon experience (Let's upgrade our lechon experience)," Domingo-Yap said.

Pollo Porco, which started in Cebu in 2002, is not only offering Dabawenyos uniquely stuffed lechon. Glenn Yap, owner and founder of Pollo Porco, said the main product that they are offering to Dabawenyos is their Cebu lechon.

"I went to school in Cebu, after I graduated...it entered my mind to open a lechon business in Cebu," Yap said.

However, when he returned to Davao, he stopped the business in Cebu and continued it here offering Dabawenyos the Cebu lechon.

"When we talk about lechon, Cebu lechon, it is the herbs and spices that we use," Yap said.

Their lechon is priced at P3,800 for the small size, P4,200 for medium, P4,500 for large, and P5,500 for extra large. Domingo-Yap said for those do not want to have a whole roasted pig on the buffet table or for smaller groups, they have the Litson sa Karton at P1,850 for three kilograms. Litson sa karton is chopped pork belly.

Yap said they have been using the same recipe since they started.

"The herbs and spices we put is how we did it since 2002," Yap said.

He said the market for lechon is quite competitive and a challenge.

"The challenge for us is how to have Dabawenyos to try Cebu lechon," Yap said.

Domingo-Yap pointed out that the Cebu lechon is on the saltier side and the Davao market prefers it less salty. She said when someone orders from them, they would ask if they want it the regular, salty, or less salty.

Pollo Porco has set its eyes on offering Dabawenyos not only the delicious Cebu Lechon but also stuffed lechon that enhances the experience you have when dining lechon.

At present, Pollo Porco has no physical store but they are available at Chikaan at the second floor of Abreeza Mall. You can also order from them through their Facebook page or contact them at (082) 241-0227 or 321-1343.


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