I wasn’t able to drop by in Banilad to get some fresh Zubuchon while I was in Cebu so I decided to just buy a pre-packed lechon at the Pre-departure area at the Mactan Domestic Airport. Fresh lechon is only available at 4 pm onwards (while supplies last). My flight was at 3:55 pm so I only bought the frozen lechon. It’s been a long time since I ate a Zubuchon, the last time I had Zubuchon was back in 2009 when I first helped at the Philippine Blog Awards Visayas. I am that desperate. 🙂
Now what to do with frozen lechon? The salesperson from Zubuchon gave me a flyer which already explains the cooking instructions of both fresh and frozen lechon. I got curious on the Lechon Sinigang (Suckling Pig in Tamarind Soup) so I told my mom to cook this when we get back in Manila.
Now, the verdict. Lechon Sinigang with Zubuchon tasted so good! The lechon itself has its own flavor and when it’s mixed with Tamarind Soup, it totally becomes heaven in your mouth. It is to die for! This is just easy to cook, it only takes 20 – 30 minutes because it isn’t raw pork because it’s already in Lechon form. Here’s a simple recipe you can use when cooking Lechon Sinigang:
- Boil 10 – 12 cups of water in a medium to large sized soup pot
- Add sliced red onions and native tomatoes onto the boiling water then add the defrosted Lechon. Let it boil for 15 – 20 minutes (or until the lechon is already tender).
- When the Lechon is already tender, it’s time to add most important flavor, the tamarind. You can either have fresh tamarind broth or you can buy the packed Sinigang Mix (available in local groceries). It’s up to you on how sour you want your soup base to be. Let it simmer again for a few minutes and then add seasonings such as salt or fish sauce.
- Last ingredients to be added are the vegetables such as eggplant, radish, sigarilyas, etc.
By the way, 1 kilo of Zubuchon costs PHP490. They also have packed lechon in smaller portions (1/2 and 1/4 kilo), however this usually runs out. When you’re already at the Boarding Area at the domestic terminal in Mactan, you can see Zubuchon just near Dunkin’ Donuts. It’s not very easy to see because Zubuchon shares a stall that sells pasalubong items.