Lechon Pizza. Are they nuts? What the hell was Pizza Hut thinking? Those were my first thoughts upon hearing about Pizza Hut’s Lechon Pizza. I love lechon as much as the next Pinoy, but lechon on pizza? It sounded like overkill to me.
Lechon Pizza is Pizza Hut’s special holiday offering. Move over Ham. You’re not the real star of the Noche Buena. After all, what can be more festive than lechon? When it’s brought out, we see the whole family angling for a luscious morsel and a helping of the crisp skin. But how does it translate to pizza?
Pizza Hut took some pizza crust, layered it with cheese and a thin drizzle of their special lechon sauce. No, it’s not quite Mang Tomas. It’s a creamy version of the traditional liver sauce we’re all familiar with. Then, the whole thing is topped with chunks of tender lechon meat and super crisp lechon skin that’s guaranteed to stay crisp, even hours on the table.
It’s especially air-dried, I was told, to retain its crunch. True enough, it’s not the glistening, thin, traditional lechon skin, but a drier crunchy version. It reminded me of Zubuchon more than CNT.
But the main question is, what does it taste like? Rich. Super rich. And crunchy. Honestly, the most I could eat was a slice and a half; It’s that rich. The lechon meat was nice and tender while the skin was an absolute winner. I can imagine people swiping it first, much like we do with the real lechon. Surprisingly, it doesn’t feel as calorific as you’d think. The lechon they use is lean, so it’s not greasy. I bet KFC’s Double Down can do you more damage.
One major factor to its richness is the lechon sauce. As lechon sauces go, it’s a bit on the sweet side. It made me wonder if it’s possible to have them leave the lechon sauce off the pizza and just serve it on the side. They usually offer a side of it anyway, so it’s just a matter of leaving it off the pizza. That way, so you can just add as much (or as little) as you’d like. Me, I like my Lechon Cebu-style. The kind that’s served without lechon sauce, and is drizzled with a bit of Sukang Pinakurat instead.
Pizza Hut’s Lechon Pizza is a holiday exclusive and will be available until the end of January. It’s perfect for the holidays; After all, it’s the season of giving and sharing, and this is one pizza that’s definitely meant to be shared. It’s too rich not to!