Saturday, October 15, 2011


Have you ever gone to a Lechon Degustacion??? This was my first time to try it and I enjoyed every dish that was served to us. 

What is Degustation?? It is a French culinary term that refers to sampling an array of small dishes served one after the other. Savoring the food with all the senses, appreciating the ingredients and the technical skills of the Chef. Degustation menus are a popular option in restaurants today and a degustation meal often takes place over the course of several hours.  Restaurateurs and chefs love showing off their talents, and one of the ways in which they can best do this is by offering a menu de degustation, literally, a "tasting menu" in which a meal can consist of as many as ten or twelve different courses. Often these meals are matched with wines. 

A few days ago I was invited to attend a Degustacion at Dedet Santos' house ( the owner of Pepita's Kitchen )  in Magallanes Village together with a group of certified foodies and food bloggers. Dedet called earlier in the day and said --- " Please join us tonight at my house.. We are going to have a LECHON DEGUSTACION DINNER which I think will be one of the best dinners you will have this year--- Dinner time is at 7:00pm -- we will start on time !".... I asked what she was going to prepare... she told me she will be serving 4 LECHONS " Cuchinillo " with 4 different kinds of Lechon stuffing... yes,  she was able to concoct a lot of versions of stuffings for the LECHON ( in fact she has at least 10 kinds of stuffings for her LECHON ) ---  and a " FEW " more dishes... I took the word  " FEW " at face value..I was in for a surprise!!! We had a total of 15 dishes to try out and I was surprised I was able to last till the end..

Since I was the first one to arrive, I was able to take some photos while Dedet explained the process of cooking her lechon...... Out in her patio stood 8 mini brick ovens where her lechons were being cooked. During my interview with Dedet -- she told me she had these mini ovens specially made for her lechons. The size of her pigs are usually 7 kilos ( which can feed at least 12 persons ) and 14 kilos ( which can serve 20 persons ). It takes 2 hours to cook one lechon.

In the photo below you would wonder why the ears are covered with foil.... Dedet explained that they would wrap the ears of the pig with foil because the ears cook faster.

As soon as the other guests arrived ---- we all took our seats at the dinner table and after a short introduction .... the dishes started to come out. To make our experience more enjoyable for us foodies and food bloggers, Dedet decided to play a little game throughout our meal..... Our main objective that evening was to try and guess what was the main ingredient of certain dishes that was served to us, and if we were able to guess it--- we were rewarded with a homemade special LECHON BREAD...

Here was what we had:

For starters we had 2 kinds of Pate...

PINOY PATE which was our very own BALUT. It was very tasty. According to Dedet, she pureed the whole Balut and mixed it with olive oil and some spices. The texture was very smooth.

and PINOY CAVIAR - which was made of fish roe ( bihod ) combined with olive oil.

BALUT SALPICAO - I loved this dish... It was Balut sauteed in olive oil with tons of garlic in it..

then came another interesting dish.... RELLENONG BULAKLAK . These are deep-fried squash flowers with kesong puti ( white Laguna cheese ) with anchovies.

( before )

( after )

The Four Lechons we tried out were :

CHRISTMAS LECHON - The stuffing was made out of chestnuts, mushrooms, cashews and sticky rice.

PINOY LECHON - the stuffing was made out of binagoongan. Her other version of the PINOY LECHON ... the other stuffing is Sisig.

GERMAN LECHON - this lechon is popular with foreigners. The stuffing for the German lechon is baby potatoes, whole garlic and herbs.

FRENCH LECHON - this was the best lechon stuffing I ever tasted!!!! The stuffing was made out of truffles, mushrooms and cashew nuts... She paired this dish with PINOY CARBONARA - which was pasta with carbonara sauce but instead of using grated cheese she used ground chicharon. what a combination!!!

In between these lechons we were given CALAMANSI SHERBET and SABACHARA ( it is young saba which she made into achara ).

and CHOLESTEROL SWEEPER - it is oatmeal cooked with chocolate just like champorado. I liked this dish...

Ileya, Dedet's daughter, prepared her famous DARNA'S SURPRISE which is the answer to Harry Potter's Butter Beer.

for dessert.... we had 2 kinds of homemade ice cream ( GUAVA FLAVORED ICE CREAM with guava bits )



I agree with the consensus of the group.... it was the best dinner I had this year...Pepita's stuffed lechons are something to rave about!!! .The skin was so crunchy and the meat was so tender and flavorful!!!.. I am giving 10 stars for PEPITA'S KITCHEN... If you are planning on what to have this christmas season... why don't you try out PEPITA'S KITCHEN STUFFED LECHONS...  Thank you Dedet for the lovely LECHON DEGUSTACION dinner at your home.

(courtesy of Tetta Tirona )

Here is some good news.... PEPITA'S KITCHEN will soon open her home for private dinners. What are you waiting for .... Let's all go and try out Pepita's Kitchen !!


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  1. grabe naman ito, nakakatakam. gusto ko ma-try ang German Lechon.

  2. kakagutom.....I am a lechon lover.....

  3. Just had this Lechon Degustacion at Pepita's Kitchen and I must say it's probably the best dinner I had this year. The French Lechon is my favorite. Truffle rice and mushroom stuffed *Drools*

    Lechon Degustacion at Pepita's Kitchen - Hefty Foodie