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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 Davaoeños 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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Boodle Fight at RBG Park Inn Davao

RBG Boodle Fight Rematch 2 with Boneless Pork Lechon Belly

RBG Boodle Fight Rematch with Boneless Pork Lechon Belly

There’s not better way to celebrate anything than with food, good, glorious food. And RBG at Park Inn Davao knows that. They have prepared a feast to celebrate the Kadayawan Festival. Presenting… RBG’s Boodle Fight Rematch.

Boodle Fight is the Philippine military style of dining. Rice and various dishes are laid out on banana leaves and diners are encouraged to eat with their hands, sans plates and utensils. In the past few years, it has become a stylish (and easy) way of serving Filipino dishes, mostly featuring fresh seafood and grilled dishes. It is often practiced in fiestas and family gatherings.

RBG’s Boodle Fight Rematch is a good representation of typical Filipino fiesta dishes, highlighting popular Davao food. The meal’s centerpiece is Boneless Pork Lechon Belly, a scaled down version of the popular Lechon (whole roasted pig).

Boneless  Pork Lechon Belly of the RBG Boodle Fight Rematch

Boneless Pork Lechon Belly of the RBG Boodle Fight Rematch

Tasty, succulent, and encased in crispy pork skin. It is definitely a delight to eat.

The Boodle Fight Rematch spread includes popular Filipino starters: Native Tinolang Manok (Chicken Soup made with free range chickens), Fern Salad with Salted Eggs, and Lumpia (Spring Rolls).

Fern Salad of the RBG Boodle Fight Rematch 2

Fern Salad of the RBG Boodle Fight Rematch

Aside from the Lechon Belly, RBG’s Boodle Fight features Pinaupong Manok and Grilled Tuna Belly.

Pinaupong Manok of the RBG Boodle Fight Rematch

Pinaupong Manok of the RBG Boodle Fight Rematch

Grilled Tuna Belly of the RBG Boodle Fight Rematch 2

Grilled Tuna Belly of the RBG Boodle Fight Rematch

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Lechon Liempo by Don Durian

Lechon Liempo by Don Durian

Lechon Liempo by Don Durian

No Filipino celebration is complete without the most wanted lechon. And the most coveted part of any lechon is the belly. In recent years, Lechon Belly Roll has become a popular Filipino food trend.

Lechon, for those not in the know, is spit roasted whole pig. Lechon Belly Roll, however, is just the pork belly section, rolled and roasted. Like the traditional whole lechon, a Lechon Belly Roll is seasoned and stuffed with spices.

There are numerous food establishments that serve lechon belly roll in Davao. One of those that is fast gaining popularity is Don Durian. Don Durian is a home-based business that specializes in Lechon Liempo and Lechon Manok.

Lechon Liempo by Don Durian

Lechon Liempo by Don Durian

Don Durian’s Lechon Liempo is tasty, juicy, and tender. You can taste the spices and herbs in every inch of the meat. It is the right blend of salty and spicy with a touch of umami. More importantly, the meat is perfectly cooked. More importantly, the meat is perfectly cooked. And each bite of the meat is tender and the skin is gloriously crisp.
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Christmas Gift Ideas for Davao’s Foodies 2014


Like My Davao City has shared their Christmas Gift Ideas 2014. Here’s our list of the best food finds in Davao that are deliciously awesome to serve, to share, and to gift this holiday season.


What’s Christmas in the Philippines without lechon, right? And the best kind of lechon is lechon de leche. My favorite is Beko’s Biik Lechon de Leche.

Beko's Biik Lechon de Leche, Regular and Spicy

Beko’s Biik Lechon de Leche, Regular and Spicy

Lechon de leche is Roast Whole Pork Suckling. Beko’s Biik offers Lechon de Leche in spicy, mild spicy, and regular. I’m not a fan of spicy dishes but the Beko’s Biik Mild Spicy Lechon de Leche has just enough spice to give the lechon more interesting than usual. Lechon Rolls and Mini Lechon Rolls are also available in Spicy, Mild Spicy, and Spicy.

Here’s their price list:

  • Extra Small for 6 – 8 persons – PhP1,700
  • Small for 10 persons – PhP1,900
  • Medium for 15 persons – PhP2,200
  • Large for 20 persons – PhP2,800
  • Extra Large for 30 persons – PhP3,500
  • Boneless Lechon Roll for 3 – 5 persons – PhP1,150
  • Mini Boneless Lechon Roll for 1 – 2 persons – PhP650

What’s even more amazing they accept orders 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Just order 3 hours before pick. Call +6382-227-BIIK (2445) or +6382-2863445 and pick up at Dimsum Diner Guerrero Street, Davao City.

Also perfect for Christmas is the Beko’s Kitchen Dried Lapu-Lapu and Pork Floss.

Beko's Biik Dried Lapu-Lapu and Pork Floss

Beko’s Biik Dried Lapu-Lapu and Pork Floss. Photo from the Beko’s Biik FB Page

Beko’s Biik Dried Lapu-Lapu and Pork Floss is slow cooked for several hours with a variety of spices. The result is a unique combination of flavors: salty, spicy, sour, sweet, and earthy. It is loaded with umami. This is a great gift idea for foodies. Or to serve as an appetizer or side dish for Noche Buena.

Beko's Dried Lapu-Lapu and Pork Floss over rice

Beko’s Biik Dried Lapu-Lapu and Pork Floss over rice

A 295 mL bottle costs PhP400. This is available at Dimsum Diner Guerrero Street, Davao City.

Whatever you order from Beko’s Biik, make sure you have lots and lots of rice to eat it with.

For inquiries and orders, like their page at https://www.facebook.com/bekos.biik.


For your health junkie friend, buy a bottle of homemade Sea Green Cafe Pesto Sauce.

Sea Green Cafe Pesto Sauce

Sea Green Cafe Pesto Sauce

Homemade, wholesome, and utterly delicious. This does not contain any additional chemicals and preservatives. Just pure, unadulterated rich pesto sauce. A bottle sells for PhP200.

Sea Green Cafe and Lifestyle Shop is located at Circumferential Road, Marfori Heights, Davao City. You may contact them at +6382-3054765, +63939-9361081 or at seagreencafe@gmail.com. For more information, like their FB Page at https://www.facebook.com/seagreencafe or follow them on Instagram @sea_green_cafe.


Two of the rising stars of the Davao food scene are locally made cheese and chocolates. And Malagos Farms has both.

Malagos Cheeses

Malagos Cheeses

Malagos Cheeses are processed and made in Davao by Ms. Olive Puentespina. I love all their cheese by my top picks from their cheese selection are the Blue Pepato, Blush, and Red Wine Chevre.

Malagos Single-Origin 65% Dark Chocolate Bar

Malagos Single-Origin 65% Dark Chocolate Bar

One of the best cacao beans in the world is Davao Cacao. It is fast-rising as one of the most prized beans anywhere. We’re lucky that local farms, such as Malagos Farms has made Davao chocolates accessible to the Davao market. For chocolate lovers, give a bar of the Malagos Single-Origin 65% Dark Chocolate Bar. It’s creamy with the right amount of bitterness. The bar is rich but not too rich. A square or two is enough to satisfy any chocoholic’s craving.

In Davao, you can buy these awesome products at the Puentespina Malagos Farmhouse at Bolcan Street, Agdao, Davao City. You may contact them at +6382-2264446, +63917-7001205, and at sales@malagosfarmhouse.com.

In Metro Manila, Malagos products are available at the following stores:

  • Le Gourmet Rustans Rockwell, Concourse Level, Power Plant Mall, Rockwell Center;
  • Le Gourmet Rustans Ayala Avenue, Ground Floor, Rustans Makati, Ayala Avenue, Makati;
  • Le Gourmet Rustans, Shangri-la Mall;
  • The Market, Tiffany Bldg., 156 L.P. Leviste Street, Salcedo Village, Makati City, Contact Number: +632-8872993; and
  • Wine Depot, Westgate Corporate Center, Commerce Avenue corner Filinvest Avenue, Alabang Muntinlupa City, Contact Number: +632-7719463, Website: www.winewarehouse.com.ph.

For more information, visit the Malagos Website at http://www.thegiftfarm.ph and their FB Page at https://www.facebook.com/malagos.chocolate. Follow them on Instagram @MalagosChocolate.


Bistro Rosario, formerly Peter Pan Bakery, has been producing their signature cakes for decades. And they have managed to maintain the taste and quality of their products over the years.

Bistro Rosario Ribonette Cake

Bistro Rosario Ribonette Cake

Decades before the netizens became obsessed with “Rainbow Cake,” Davao was already lucky to have the pretty Bistro Ribonette Cake. It has a fluffy and sweet cake complemented by rich buttery frosting. It is a crowd pleaser for kids and adults alike.

Bistro Rosario Ribonette Cake

Bistro Rosario Ribonette Cake

Make your holidays are more special with a Ribonette Cake. Other picks from Bistro Rosario at their Mango Charlotte Cake and the Mango Cream Pie. And of course, their Classic Butter Roll. Simple, unassuming, but definitely addicting.

Bistro Rosario is located at F. Torres Street, Davao City. You may contact them at +6382-2217780. Bistro Rosario Bakery also has a branch at Tulip Drive, Ecoland, Matina, Davao City. Like their page at https://www.facebook.com/pages/Bistro-Rosario-Bakeshop/1536953919876206.


Here’s another homegrown classic, Lachi’s Sans Rival. The Aviles family has been selling pastries in Davao for decades. When they opened the Lachi’s Sans Rival, Atbp Restaurant it instantly became an important foodie destination in Davao.

Lachi's Sans Rival

Lachi’s Classic Sans Rival

Their most popular pastry is their Sans Rival. I have written about this several times. Put simply, the meringue layers are perfectly airy and crunchy and their buttercream icing is sinfully rich. Together the combination is heavenly but not too sweet or overwhelming. One whole Sans Rival is just PhP320.
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Spanish Noche Buena Menu

Seafood Paella

Seafood Paella

My aunts and I have been planning for a Spanish Noche Buena for about a month now. We have to consider the preferences of the 30+ members of our family who will be attending the Christmas eve feast.
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