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Rico’s Lechon opens flagship restaurant in Mandaue, to reopen Escario branch

Rico’s Lechon will open its biggest restaurant this Friday, June 28, in Cebu, bringing back the particular taste of its roasted pigs that has become popular with diners.

Meat Concepts Corporation President George N. Pua said in yesterday’s media preview for the Mandaue branch that Rico’s Lechon has changed ownership but the quality and taste of its roasted pigs remain the same. Pua heads the company that now owns the lechon chain.

NOT JUST LECHON. Rico’s Lechon will serve Filipino favorites on top of its renowned lechon.

NOT JUST LECHON. Rico’s Lechon will serve Filipino favorites on top of its renowned lechon.

The 500-square meter branch, which is the brand’s flagship outlet and newest restaurant, is located at Unit F1 Jamestown, Mantawi International Drive, Mandaue City.

Pua added they will soon work double time to have the branch in Axis Entertainment Avenue along Escario St. in Cebu City reopened by July.

Rico’s Lechon menu

Rico’s will continue to serve its famous lechon in two flavors, original and spicy. It will also offer such Filipino favorites like special boneless bangus, sizzling lechon sisig, monggos, Bicol express, kinilaw na tangigue, calamares, camaron rebosado, garlicky squid balls, sinigang, pinakbet, chopsuey, and pancit canton.

NEW OWNER, SAME LECHON QUALITY, TASTE. Meat Concepts Corporation President George N. Pua said in yesterday’s media preview that Rico’s Lechon has changed ownership but the quality and taste of its roasted pigs remain the same.

NEW OWNER, SAME LECHON QUALITY, TASTE. Meat Concepts Corporation President George N. Pua said in yesterday’s media preview that Rico’s Lechon has changed ownership but the quality and taste of its roasted pigs remain the same.

When it opens, the Mandaue branch will introduce as well new dishes like the grilled pork belly, grilled daing na bangus, ginataang laing, chicken binakol, beef ampalaya, sizzling adobong pusit, buttered mixed seafoods, seaweed salad, sisig fried rice, chorizo fried rice, sinigang na boneless bangus, sinigang na baka at baboy, and seafood sotanghon.

Pua said all their pigs are sourced from local suppliers, adding that they’ve hired the services of an abattoir and outsourced the roasting to another group.

Rico's Lechon

Flagship outlet

Rico’s flagship outlet in Mandaue is the second in Cebu, the other being in Mactan Promenade, and the seventh overall.

There are currently five Rico’s Lechon branches in Manila but two more — along Balintawak and in SM North Edsa — will be added soon, according to Pua.

Rico’s Lechon Mandaue has a seating capacity of 300, with  four VIP rooms for meetings, gatherings, and special functions with family and friends. The largest room can seat up to 80 guests while the other three can fit up to 20 persons each.

Pua said they wanted to achieve a fiesta ambience, hence the colorful restaurant interior. The chandeliers are made from lechon plates and are manufactured in Cebu together with the furniture.

Seafood sotanghon.

Seafood sotanghon.

Traditional Cebu lechon

Founded in 1997 by Enrico Dionson, Rico’s Lechon will turn 22 in August 2019. It serves traditional Cebu lechon roasted to perfection and mixed with garlic and leeks.

Some years back, Pua said he came to Cebu, which is known for having the best lechon, and tried the products of different outlets. He came to the conclusion that Rico’s Lechon has the best roasted pig and proposed a partnership deal.

Chicken binakol

Chicken binakol

He added that Dionson wasn’t interested then but later changed his mind and sold the restaurant chain six years after that initial proposal.

Follow @RicosLechonOFFICIAL on Facebook and Instagram for restaurant and other updates. You may also visit ricoslechon.com or contact 253-4650 or 0917-8238263 for more information.

Share your Rico’s Lechon experience on social media with the hashtags #DaBestGyud and #RICOmeback.

More photos of Rico’s Lechon Mandaue media preview

RICO’S LECHON in Mandaue is a 500-square meter branch located at Unit F1 Jamestown, Mantawi International Drive.

RICO’S LECHON in Mandaue is a 500-square meter branch located at Unit F1 Jamestown, Mantawi International Drive.

Buttered mixed seafood

Buttered mixed seafood

Chicken skin

Chicken skin

Chorizo fried rice

Chorizo fried rice

Ginataang laing.

Ginataang laing

Rico's lechon grilled pork liempo

Grilled pork liempo

Kinilaw Rico's Lechon

Kinilaw

Scallops Rico's Lechon

Scallops

Sinigang na baka at baboy Rico's lechon

Sinigang na baka at baboy

Sisig fried rice Rico's Lechon

Sisig fried rice

Sizzling adobong pusit Rico's Lechon

Sizzling adobong pusit

Rico’s Lechon’s mascot entertains bloggers and journalists who covered the media preview.

Rico’s Lechon’s mascot entertains bloggers and journalists who covered the media preview.

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Lechon paksiw, sisig, scallops now on the menu at Hukad, Golden Cowrie

Lechon Paksiw, Lechon Sisig, and Bay Scallops – these are the newest mouthwatering dishes you can enjoy at Hukad, Golden Cowrie, and Golden Cowrie Filipino Kitchen.

No talk of Cebu food ends without the mention of lechon. While nothing compares to fresh-off-the-pit whole lechon, there are various other ways to enjoy it after. Two of the most popular are paksiw and sisig.

Golden Cowrie Hukad scallops
BAY SCALLOPS WITH TABA NG TALANGKA. This dish is baked in cheese and combined with tasty crab fat to give it that burst of flavor.

Hukad and Golden Cowrie’s Lechon Paksiw is given a fresh yet traditional take, with choice cuts of lechon belly cooked in vinegar and soy sauce. Lechon Sisig, on the other hand, is a new spin on the classic pulutan, with lechon belly sautéed in aromatic spices that will keep you coming back for a second round.

Another recent addition to the menu is the Bay Scallops with Taba ng Talangka. Paying homage to Cebu’s abundance of seafood, this dish is baked in cheese and combined with tasty crab fat to give it that burst of flavor.

Golden Cowrie Hukad lechon paksiw
LECHON PAKSIW is given a fresh yet traditional take, with choice cuts of lechon belly cooked in vinegar and soy sauce for a familiar, comforting flavor.

In Cebu, Lechon Paksiw and Lechon Sisig are available at Salinas, Golden Cowrie SM City Cebu, Mactan, A.S Fortuna and Lahug and Hukad Cybergate, SM Seaside and Parkmall. Bay Scallops with Taba ng Talangka is offered in all branches. For those in the north, check out the newly-opened Hukad Danao.

Visit www.alwaysafeast.ph to know more about this proudly Cebuano restaurant. For deliveries contact (032) 233-4243 and (032) 233-3278. (Press Release)

Golden Cowrie Hukad sisig
LECHON SISIG is a spin on the classic pulutan, with lechon belly sautéed in aromatic spices that will keep you coming back for a second round.

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5 Carcar delicacies you shouldn’t fail to try

From food to dry goods, Carcar delicacies and specialties are created with the Carcaranon values of hard work and creativity.

Take for example the Carcar lechon. While it is roasted the traditional Cebuano way, the Carcar version comes with a strange and delicious twist – its own special sauce.

Carcar Chicharon
Carcar Chicharon

This special mix of ingredients – which include a local herb indigenous to Carcar called “patiotes” – serves as seasoning for the pig during the roasting and sauce when it is served.

1. Carcar Lechon

Carcar’s roasted pig is sold by the kilo at the Carcar Public Market. You can eat your lechon there or have it wrapped. Don’t leave the city without trying its signature lechon.

Carcar lechon
Carcar lechon is sold by the kilo at the City Public Market.

The public market is of walking distance from the Carcar rotunda and church complex and a tricycle ride from farther distances.

2. Paksiw na isda

Perhaps a good cuisine to pair with the lechon is the paksiw na isda, a specialty of eateries at the market. Carcar’s paksiw (usually tuna) has the distinct quality of being very soft-textured, owing to the “palayok” or “kun” where it is cooked.

The “palayok” distributes the heat evenly inside that the cooked fish dish almost melts in the mouth when eaten.

carcar rotunda
The Carcar rotunda is where guests buy the city’s delicacies.

3. Chicharon

No other place in Cebu makes the best chicharon than Carcar. The pork skin cracklings come in two variants: the “kubal” or purely pork skin and the chicharon which still has traces of meat. Whichever you prefer, they come perfect with plain vinegar.

Carcar locals can point out the best places to buy chicharon, and kiosks along the rotunda also sell products from different suppliers.

4. Ampao

Ampao or rice crispies is a popular Carcar specialty.
Ampao or rice crispies is a popular Carcar specialty.

People with sweet tooth would appreciate the ampao or rice crispies sold just about anywhere in Carcar City. Carcaranons have been making and selling them forever.

Aside from the rotunda where these are sold in abundance in kiosks or single table stores, ambulant vendors bringing these goods in packages would board buses when they stop by the town and sell to passengers.

5. Bocarillo

Another product distinctly Carcar is the bocarillo (candied coconut strips). It comes in colorful shades of pink, blue, green, yellow and, like other Carcar delicacies, is sold throughout the day in the city center. Ambulant vendors who run after buses and private vehicles carry them around and offer them in packs of three for only P50.

carcar bocarillo
Carcar’s bocarillo is popular with locals and tourists.

Carcar Shoe Expo

This city known for its heritage structures is also home to small shops that manufacture quality yet affordable shoes sold at a site in Barangay Valladolid called the Carcar Shoe Expo. When in Carcar, don’t forget to try out the delicacies and bring home a few pairs of those Carcar-made shoes.

carcar shoes
Carcar shoes are known for being durable and affordable.

The area is just a tricycle ride from any point in Carcar’s central business district and drivers know where it is. If you get tired shopping for footwear, a restaurant within the expo area serves refreshments and meals.

If you’re bringing your own car, there’s ample parking inside.

Getting to Carcar

Carcar City is approximately 40 kilometers from Cebu City and just an hour away by bus or 45 minutes by private transport. Buses leave for Carcar hourly from the South Bus Terminal along N. Bacalso Ave.

Photos provided by the Carcar City Government