April 13, 2012 – Sooo Pinoy Food Tour Day 3 in Cebu – Previous Post : Zubuchon.
My Cebu trip will not be complete without visiting any CNT Lechon branch. During the second leg of Sooo Pinoy food tour, we have two Lechon restaurants included in the Itinerary and one of them is the famous CNT lechon. Lechon used to be served to brighten up every special gatherings but thanks to Cebuano’s for making every meal festive by serving Lechon with or without special occation.
the lechon has been always there to brighten up every occasion or special event that we when into. In every festivity that we have gone through, there is always a lechon lying down on the table, ready to be eaten. But what are lechons anyway? And where did it start?
The place was surprisingly not jam packed when we arrived maybe because unlike us, not everyone prefers to have a Lechon Breakfast:) We met the owners Catherine & Norman Quijada and had a short conversation before we started our Lechon Breakfast. We truly enjoyed their Lechon while its totally hot and crispy. I thought having Lechon for breakfast is CRAZY but after experiencing it, I might go there next time for breakfast to avoid long queue and for me to be able to pick the best part i want. Apart from their famous roasted pig, they also served Pinakbet, Dinuguan and Chicharon Bulaklak (crispy pork intestines).
CNT Lechon Cebu
Tender and best tasting roasted pork with crispy skin – that’s probably everyone’s description when asked to describe CNT Lechon. Although their Lechon is a little bit salty sometimes, there’s no doubt that CNT is now the most popular Lechon Brand in Cebu.
Freshly Roasted Lechon
The secret? Unlike other Lechon recipes, they are not using lemon grass which I find weird. They just put salt, msg, garlic, spring onions and they apply soy sauce to the pig skin before roasting. All pigs are outsourced from Bantayan and Negros and the rest of their ingredients are also locally produced including the “Puso Rice” which is coming from CarCar Cebu.
Unlike in Manila where Im used to eating Lechon with a liver-based gravy or what we normally call Sarsa ng Lechon. Cebuano loves to dip it in Patis but dont get me wrong, Patis in Cebu is actually Soy Sauce that is sometimes mixed with kalamansi and chili.
CNT started in 1988 as a homebased family business in Guadalupe in which the husband serves as the Lechon Chopper and the wife works as the cashier. CNT is an abbreviation of the first names of their family members – Charmain / Catherine – Norman – Tiffany. In 1990 they started selling in Rustans in Mango and a year after, they started selling their famous Lechon in SM Supermarket. After more than a decade, CNT now has 6 branches all over Cebu.
Still affordable for only Php 360 per kilo in any branches except in Malls where a kilo will cost you Php 460.00. They are now roasting an average of 50 lechon per day and to ensure the consistency of the taste, they hired a Quality Supervisor to manage the production and logistics.
CNT does not have any plans of putting up a branch in Manila but they surprisingly have a branch in Las Vegas Nevada. If you want to order Lechon in Cebu, you can contact CNT Phone Number : 032 – 2544249. Currently they are not offering delivery outside Cebu.
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