General’s Lechon: San Carlos City Negros Occidental Pride

General’s Lechon: San Carlos City Negros Occidental Pride

Oh la la! All along, I thought all lechon (roast pig) are created equal! Boy, I was wrong.


I was recently invited to the blessings of General's Lechon New Pick up Station in Makati City and tasted the best tasting lechon ever!

I learned from the owners Mr. Bryan and Lyn Ong that it all started when they were newlyweds and Bryan brought Lyn to his hometown in San Carlos City in Negros. Lyn liked one of the lechon during her stay that when they had a celebration at their Paranaque home when Lyn was pregnant, Bryan decided to fly in their lechonero all the way from San Carlos City to please his then pregnant wife. Because the lechonero from the province can't duplicate the taste that Lyn wanted they had a trial and error of around 50 lechon to get what Lyn wants. Since their friends liked the taste of their lechon they started ordering from them. The rest is history. Now General's Lechon grew to become the number one Lechon in the Philippines. It comes in different flavors such as the following:
  • Original 
  • Curry 
  • Garlic 
  • Chili-Garlic. 

After the blessing, we were asked to try their garlic flavored lechon. I am not so fond of lechon but I would like to note that the General's lechon is so addicting that my friend who is recuperating from her operations ate my take-out lechon even if it was less than 48 hours since her operation.

What sets this Negros version of lechon apart from other lechon is the quality of swine they roast in order to meet the high quality standards they set up for themselves. Preparation usually takes about one(1) hour and roasting could take 1 hour and 45 minutes to 2 hours. Their lechon is cooked to perfection and freshly cooked all the time.

Its newly opened pick up station was filled with the aroma of the garlic flavored lechon (roast pig) The lechon that they served to us are straight from their grilling station at their home in Paranaque.

One can look closely at the lechon and find not a single hair! You can be assured that the lechon they served are spotlessly clean. OC as she is, the general ( as the owner Bryan Ong fondly calls his wife Lyn) makes sure that each and every lechon they roast not only looks shiny but also very clean and crunchy. General's lechon had the qualities of a superior roast pig that was better than many. I saw that the lechon has a lot of lemongrass and garlic. Bryan suggested eating the lechon without sauce or just vinegar but for me I prefer to eat it as it is.

Did you know that Bryan is an expert in dicing lechon? We gathered around Bryan when he started slicing the lechon. The crispy crack sounds of those sinful yummy lechon skin is like music to our ears and like a scene in a boodle fight, the guests that morning started battling it out on which lechon skin part to taste. The owners also told us that lechon are best eaten with bare hands and a glass of soda but since it was too early for soda we went for a cup of hot chocolate some had coffee. The result? People grinning from ear to ear raving about the delicious lechon. Everyone went home with a full tummy and a take out lechon! I loved the flavorful taste of their garlic lechon.

General’s Lechon perfected their lechon through trial and error through the years and they even got the number one spot at annual award last year. I could not agree more with that. General's Lechon deserved all the adulations because for me they really brought lechon to a whole new level of taste.

General’s Lechon has suggestions in order for you to maximize the enjoyment of this delicacy. 

How to Enjoy Eating the Lechon:
1. Crisscross the skin

Mixing the skin with the meat is a big NO! NO! Not only will the crispiness suffer, but a part of our lechon experience is compromised. Serve the skin in a platter, better yet, eat it straight from the lechon.

2. Grab the ribs

Many say that this is one of the best parts of our lechon. Take a slab or a piece, eat it using your hands and slowly nibble.

3. Fork the belly

The belly portion contains the most flavour, and is also the tenderest part of our lechon. Go dig in using your fork and twirl it.

4. Tear the ears

Lechon aficionados love to eat ears, and we know that. This will be crispy outside and the cartilage will give you a nice chewy time. Try it, and the lechon will never look the same way again.

5. Dice the back and legs

This is usually for the late comers. Although we don’t like late comers, we still love them. That is why we made sure, that the white meat is still tasty. Feel free to dice this portion.

The good news is General's Lechon just opened its new pick up station just across Dusit Hotel in Makati City. Exact address: 2nd floor of the Petron Station Building, Edsa corner Pasay Road, Makati City.It is open from 10am-10pm, Whole Orders can be pick up as early as 8 am up to 8 pm.

Warning: Please eat lechon in moderation. 


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