There is no better way to soak up a country’s vibrant culture than with the multi-sensory experience of sampling its local fare. In Southeast Asia, you are treated to rich, spicy, fragrant and flavourful dishes that will make any trip so memorable, you’ll probably be planning your next trip back as soon as you scrape your plate clean. Here’s a menu that will whet your appetite and inspire your next Southeast Asian getaway.
A party or fiesta in the Philippines would not be complete without a Lechon gloriously displayed at the buffet table. Lechon is suckling pig that is spit-roasted over charcoal for hours. The moist meat is flavoured with aromatics such as scallions and lemongrass, and the pork skin is crisped to perfection. It is served with vinegar-laced liver sauce and is best eaten with steamed rice. It’s so good that world-renowned chef and bestselling author Anthony Bourdain called Lechon in Cebu City, the “best pig ever.”