Kalami Cebu Food Wars #LechonWars debuted last week and the first match-up ended in a rout as Rico's Lechon handily beat Zubuchon, 10-3. Many Cebuano foodies in social media said it was going to be a mismatch and they were right. Most tasters preferred the saltier flavor of Rico's Lechon while Zubuchon got some points from their skin and the meat quality. Check out our video for what transpired in this episode.
Kalami Cebu Food Wars #LechonWar
Zubuchon's biggest endorsement was from world famous chef Anthony Bourdain who declared it as the best pig ever. Zubuchon's owner has tweaked the way local's normally cook lechon. They do not use MSG and the pigs are backyard raised. They also put coconut water on the skin before it gets cooked. Their restaurants are doing well enough that they can afford to open a branch in Manila.
Rico's is famous for their Spicy Lechon. They are the favorite lechon brand of Former President and now Manila Mayor Joseph Estrada. Their lechon is more of the traditional Cebuano lechon. It has reddish skin and they use a lot of salt to season the pork. How will their original lechon fare against Zubuchon?
The Taste Test:
Most of the people find Rico's Lechon tastier than Zubuchon. They also love the color of the skin of Rico's. Some of the "judges" loved the skin of Zubuchon but it was not enough to pick it over Rico's. In the end, the score was 10-3 in favor of Rico's Lechon.
Have you tried both lechon brands? Let us know what are your thoughts about this lechon Cebu match up. We will also be featuring other lechon brands soon. Hit us up with your comment on who should face off in the next #LechonWar episode.
Also check out, Kalami Cebu's Ultimate Guide to Lechon Cebu: