The holidays have come and gone, but while we’re all resolving to eat healthier, my hard drive still has loads of photos showcasing the holiday season’s debauchery. And nothing spells debauchery better than Lechonok, a whole Cebu lechon, stuffed with lechon manok.
What started out as a wild little idea, “I wonder what it would be like to stuff a whole chicken inside lechon?” turned into a full-fledged, intensely flavorful, sinful gastronomic delight that can make your heart stop with just the sheer thought of it.
Gogoes Lechonok takes a whole lechon and stuffs it to the brim with whole chickens. Fill in the gaps with classic Cebu lechon herbs and spices, then roast to perfection. The lechon is superb. The pork flesh is really tender and juicy, and loaded with flavor. As is usual with good lechon Cebu, you can enjoy it without any additional sauces. The skin isn’t as crisp as I’d like; but Rayne, the work colleague who treated us to it, thinks it was just wrapped too soon, while it was still warm. Normally, it’s really crisp, he says. Nevertheless, it’s still really good lechon. I think it’s testament to its quality, the fact that we still enjoyed it thoroughly despite not having enough crisp skin to go around.
The surprise though, is the lechon manok. Because of its placement inside the pig cavity, it absorbed all the drippings and herby flavors from the stuffing, intensifying its flavor. It’s missing the characteristic, brown skin of lechon manok but it’s not a deal breaker. In its place, you’re rewarded with rich, savory flavors, creating a lechon manok quite unlike ones I’ve tasted before. And like the lechon it comes in, you can enjoy it without any extra sauces. It’s that flavorful. Splitting the whole lechon usually releases added drippings and juices too. Best to catch them for pouring atop your rice for the complete experience. Yum!
Gogoes Cebu Lechon and Lechonok is sold in Lilo-an Cebu. I’m not sure if they regularly ship lechon to other parts of the country, but we were able to get some sent to Manila, so I’m sure if you’re nice, it can be arranged. And you better be nice before you eat it, because this sinful treat will hit your goodness quota bad.
Rayne, thanks for the Lechonok! It was definitely an experience. 😀
Gogoes Cebu Lechon
Poblacion, Lilo-an Cebu
Phone number: 0920-4400019 (Look for Mr. Daniel Bernardino)