Kusina Maria

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Brand’s Native Lechon [Roast Whole Pig] | Davao Food

Davao is not known for lechon. A lot of travelers visit Davao without even thinking of lechon. But DavaoeƱos know that we have really good lechon here in Davao. And each Davao foodie has his own top pick. After all, we do have a lot of lechoneros (lechon vendors) each with a different take on the Philippines’ most famed celebratory dish. No doubt about it, whatever your lechon preference is, there is a Davao lechonero that will satisfy your craving.

Good news for all! A new lechonero has arrived. Brand’s Native Lechon is now in Davao City to delight our taste buds with their native lechon already popular in Digos.

Brand's Native Lechon

Brand’s Native Lechon ready to be unboxed and devoured.

For those who do not know, “lechon” is a popular Filipino dish usually served as centerpiece during special occasions.

A whole pig is slaughtered, prepared, filled with herbs and spices, and slow roasted in an open fire pit. The result is juicy and tasty pork with exceptionally savory ribs and belly. All enclosed in crunchy pork skin. The crunch of the skin providing a good textural contrast to the juicy meat.

That is the ideal lechon for me. Unfortunately, not all lechoneros (lechon makers) achieve all these. To be clear, these are just my own criteria for excellent lechon. If you have your own criteria for good lechon, share it in the comments section below.

Back to my ideal lechon… Luckily, Brand’s Native Lechon serves lechon that passes my criteria for an excellent lechon.

Origin of Brand’s Native Lechon

Brand’s Native Lechon was established in Digos, Davao del Sur just last year. It began as a small, home-based business by Brand de los Cientos. Yep, that is his name and he named his business after himself. Brand is a foodie who started a home-based catering business specializing in Filipino cuisine while he was an Overseas Filipino Worker.

Brand decided to come home and work on a recipe for the Philippines’ most wanted celebration dish, lechon. He formulated the lechon recipe and experimented with lechon-making to achieve the best lechon that would satisfy the palates of Filipinos.

Brand’s Native Lechon uses fresh herbs and secret ingredients to achieve the perfect balance of salty, sour, and umami that will make each bite of Brand’s Native Lechon satisfying and memorable. With his blend of spices and his own take in lechon-making, Brand’s Native Lechon is able to produce temptingly delicious lechon with the ribs and belly so tasty that you will not hesitate eating more even you are already full.

Brand's Native Lechon

Brand’s Native Lechon

Why You Should Try Brand’s

I have eaten a lot of lechon in my life. Lechon is affordable here in Davao, after all. But Brand’s stands out for a number of reasons.

Each bite is juicy and bursting with flavor. Needless to day, it is perfect with a dipping sauce of coconut vinegar and garlic. Plus of course, rice. I assume it would also taste really good with spicy vinegar, with the acidity and spice balancing out the lechon’s savory goodness. An order of whole lechon comes with a bottle of their own blend of spicy vinegar.
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Davao Gourmet Collective

Jam Foods USDA Tapa at the Davao Gourmet Collective at SM Lanang Premier

Jam Foods USDA Tapa at the Davao Gourmet Collective at SM Lanang Premier

There is no better way to celebrate Kadayawan than with food. And the best place to do exactly that is at the Davao Gourmet Collective (DGC). For Kadayawan Festival 2015, DGC will be presenting a unique Kadayawan Food and Music Fair.

I had the privilege of attending the sneak preview of the Davao Gourmet Collective and here are my highly recommended picks of must-try dishes at the Kadayawan Food and Music Fair.

SOUL Kitchen Co

Soul Kitchen Co at the Davao Gourmet Collective at SM Lanang Premier

Soul Kitchen Co at the Davao Gourmet Collective at SM Lanang Premier


Being healthy is the en vogue to do right now. And the best way to be healthy is with fresh, wholesome food. Grab a salad or a wrap from Soul Kitchen Co for a healthy start to your Davao Gourmet Collective food trip.

Alibaba Shawarma

Alibaba Shawarma at the Davao Gourmet Collective at SM Lanang Premier

Alibaba Shawarma at the Davao Gourmet Collective at SM Lanang Premier


Try their Shawarma Wraps and Shawarma Pockets all made from scratch.

JAM Foods

Jam Foods USDA Tapa at the Davao Gourmet Collective at SM Lanang Premier

Jam Foods USDA Tapa at the Davao Gourmet Collective at SM Lanang Premier


Their Tapa made with USDA Certified Beef is probably the best tapa. It is perfectly salty and a bit sweet with a whole lot of beefy taste.

The Crazy Cook

Satay by The Crazy Cook at the Davao Gourmet Collective at SM Lanang Premier

Satay by The Crazy Cook at the Davao Gourmet Collective at SM Lanang Premier


Satay is a popular Malay dish. It’s spicy and tasty. And the dipping sauce is wonderful.
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Classio Mobile Wood Fired Oven Pizza

Classio Mobile Wood Fired Oven Pizza

Barbeque Pizza (with Pastrami) by Classio Mobile Wood Fired Oven

It’s Friday! Celebrate the weekend with a slice of pizza at Classio Mobile Wood Fired Oven.

Clasio is the only food truck in Davao with an actual wood fired oven. The wood fired oven gives off a nice smokey flavor and crunch to the pizza crust of Classio Pizzas. Their pizza sauce is perfectly tangy. It complements their various toppings perfectly. And yes, there’s a good amount of cheese in the pizza, as well.

My personal favorites are the All Cheese Pizza and the Mortadella Pizza.
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Chicken Skin by Espetada

Chicken Skin by Espetada the House of Hanging Chicken

Chicken Skin by Espetada: House of the Hanging Chicken

A few months ago, Espetada: House of the Hanging Chicken created a buzz on social media. After two trips to this trending foodie destination, I can conclude it’s a quaint foodie experience in Davao. And super cheap, too.

On my second trip to Espetada, I saw something on their menu that made me excited. There, in the Extras section of the Menu was listed Chicken Skin. I ordered 1 serving to satisfy my curiosity and I was pleasantly surprised.
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Wasabi Oyster Tempura by White House

Wasabi Oyster Tempura with Balsamic Mayonnaise

Wasabi Oyster Tempura with Balsamic Mayonnaise

When I was younger, my cousin told me that Oysters are the best shellfish you can have. It’s “prima classe,” she said. We were having sacks (literally, sacks) of steamed oysters straight from Roxas for our family lunch. Back then, I have never tried oysters and I was hesitant. I was fond of shellfish and I had to try this “prima classe” shellfish. I ended up loving it… steamed, baked, Rockefeller style, grilled and even raw, I can eat oysters all day long. A lot of people are hesitant to try oysters as I was, especially since it is often served raw or steamed. The slimy texture and the briny taste is offputting for people.

If you belong to the hesitant crowd, here’s one way you can enjoy it without losing the unique flavor of the oyster. Try the Wasabi Oyster Tempura with Balsamic Mayonnaise by White House Fusion Cuisine and Wine Lounge.

True to their fusion cuisine brand, White House serves up various oyster dishes with a mix of Japanese and western flavors. The Wasabi Oyster Tempura is my favorite. The Oysters are lightly coated with a wasabi before it is dipped in tempura batter.
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Callos by Lachi’s Sans Rival Atbp

Callos by Lachi's Sans Rival Atbp DFAT 2015

Callos by Lachi’s Sans Rival Atbp

Among the numerous restaurants, cafes, diners, bistros, and other food establishments I have tried and have come to love, my heart still belongs to my all-time most favorite restaurant, Lachi’s Sans Rival Atbp. There are numerous reasons why I love Lachi’s. Primary of which is how their evokes a feeling of being at home.

Lachi’s serves comfort food. Simple food that is familiar to all and will remind you of fond memories with family and friends. Every year, they add more menu items to delight the tongue and fill the tummy with even more reasons to love Lachi’s. One such dish is Callos.

Callos is a dish from Spain that has been part of Filipino celebrations since the colonization of the Spaniards. Callos is a tomato-based stew made with beef tripe (tuwalya), garbanzo beans, Chorizo Bilbao (Bilbao sausages), and bell peppers. It may also contain beef or pork. It is traditionally served only on special occasions since it takes a long time to to prepare and cook this dish. But you don’t have to wait for those special occasions anymore.
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