There is an on going debate on which lechon (roast suckling pig) is better, Cebu or Iligan/CDO. I still stand by this: The best lechon is from Iligan and Cagayan de Oro (since it’s my blog I can say so heehee). But ultimately it boils down to your lechonero (the guy who makes it for you). And ever since I can remember, all our family parties, weddings and even homecomings have been celebrate with lechon from Totongs.
If you are in CDO or Iligan, you MUST try lechon. It will be one of the most unforgettable gastronomic experiences of your life. My friend from Cebu told me that despite being Cebuana she admits that the BEST lechon she has ever tasted was from Iligan. It’s so good you don’t need any sauce to go with it. (Though Pinakurat can take it to the next level too!)
It’s in the outskirts of Cagayan de Oro, on the way to Iligan City. It’s not a restaurant. You can call to order, but usually we like to drop by ourselves and choose the pig. We always pick a small one (it’s more succulent than the bigger pigs) that is lean (if it’s fat it’s sorta gross to eat).
So if you are in the CDO or Iligan Area, you should ask around for Totongs Lechon. I am still trying to boot up my old phone to look for their contact number. Will update this post as soon as I do!
UPDATE: Try any of the numbers below for Totongs. I got it from my sister but she isn’t sure which one is the current one. If you are able to get in touch, I would love to know which numbers work. Thanks!
- 0906 – 1725794
- 0926 – 1000 735
- 0920 – 3425245
- Click here for other lechon options in Iligan according to Anton Diaz of Our Awesome Planet fame.
- Iligan’s Spicy Pinakurat - the perfect pair to lechon!