Last Friday, my sister and I had lunch at Lydia's lechon in Baclaran. I was only supposed to drive her to the bus stop (She is taking her review classes in Makati and Baclaran is where she takes the bus going there), but on our way there, she mentioned she always wanted to eat lechon at Lydia's. And who wouldn't, after seeing lechon being cooked along that busy little row in Baclaran? She said the only thing that stopped her from ducking in that restaurant for lunch is her concern that to finish a meal there, it is best to share it with at least one person. So for days, my sister harbored this craving for lechon and she patiently waited for that moment when she could drag that one person with her to treat her to a lechon meal at Lydia's. Last Friday, that person was me.
When we got there, we immediately ordered 1/4 kilo of lechon and seafood paella. We also browsed through the turo-turo section of the restaurant where lots of tasty looking food are just waiting to be picked. But that day, we were fixed on having lechon and paella for lunch. The waiter assured us that the paella serves two to three persons, but when it arrived, it was obvious that it served at least four persons. No way could only two people finish that feast of delicious red rice and seafood along with a serving of lechon!
|Lechon with Liver Sauce|
All in all, I think that Lydia's lechon, with years of experience behind it, has mastered the art of roasting this favorite Filipino specialty. (I can still remember one party we had at the house where we attempted to roast our own lechon. The skin did not come out crunchy at all. The whole attempt was a failure. Good thing we had ample good sarsa so almost the entire lechon went straight to the paksiw pot.)
1/4 kilo of lechon cost Php135 while the seafood paella cost Php450. Our drinks cost us Php21.45 for a bottle of regular Coke and Php29.50 for a bottle of Hidden Spring Mineral Water. Prices are VAT inclusive. Lydia's Lechon restaurant can be found at Baclaran, Metro Manila near the Redemptorist Church.