Lechón @ Iskina Cebu – Geylang Singapore
Benny and I used to go food hunting weekly but he had been very busy until a couple of days ago, he managed to find some time to lunch with me. He told me that he wanted to eat Lechón.
“I saw Tony’s recent post of this suckling pig!”
He laughed, “Yea, I saw that post and started to have a craving.”
Lechón is a dish, that features an entire roasted suckling pig cooked over charcoal, usually prepared throughout the year for any special occasions, during festivals and the holidays. What a coincidence! Allan (celebrating his 2nd wedding anniversary) and Jimmy (birthday boy) joined us for lunch that day. Unfortunately, although the pig was prepared and stuffed it was not ready to be roasted. It needed more marination time. Even if Chris, the owner of Iskina Cebu, was to put the pig onto the pit, it would take at least another 5 hours for it to be cooked. Luckily, we still have other choices – roasted pork belly and chicken.
The roast pork belly was rather mild in flavour. Its crackling not as “blisteredly” crispy as our local Siew Yoke (also roast pork belly but Hong Kong style). To be fair, I should not compare the two for their preparation and marination are different. Siew Yoke has its skin jabbed with sharp needle-like utensil (that accounts for the airy crumbly crackled skin) and uses different spices. Chris had mentioned to Tony that he tweaked to more lenient flavours in response to his customers’ preference.
We settled for roast pork belly as the Lechón rotisserie would only start at 5.30pm (on weekdays and 12.30pm on weekends). Today being a Tuesday, we had to leave without tasting a morsel.
The pork belly, aside from the less crispy skin and mildness in flavour, was nonetheless moist and tender. There were some conflict on views about the meat and fat ratio. Some of us found it too fatty while the others like it fatty.
I have not been to the Philippines and have not eaten these dishes before today so I cannot comment on its authenticity. Even my Filipino domestic help could not identify with these dishes as she comes from a province far away from Cebu (her specialty is adobo). There was nothing to act as a yardstick.
I must return another night for the Lechón. And if Chris is free, perhaps a San Miguel would be nice to start a chat with him about the spice of life and culture in Cebu.
Iskina Cebu (Opposite Paya Lebar MRT station)
Address: Blk 1016, Geylang East Ave 3,
Operating hours: 12pm – 9pm
Happy discovering 🙂