For the country’s Christian majority, pork reigns supreme—an ardor embodied in lechon, or whole spit-roasted pig. Lechon actually describes the cooking process, but pig is so ubiquitous on the spit that the term has come to mean pork. While it’s generally considered special-occasion fare, Manila is dotted with eateries offering individual-sized portions.
At Lechon Delight, a stall at Makati’s boisterous Saturday morning Salcedo Community Market, proprietor Boy Tan and his family dish up strips of unctuous meat crowned with shards of the bronzed skin prized by connoisseurs. Tan specializes in pig roasted à la Cebu, which is stuffed with ginger and onions and served with coconut-flavored vinegar.
Saturdays from 7am to 2pm
Jaime Velasquez Park,
Makati, Manila, Philippines