The holiday season is more than just the gifts and the “aguinaldo,” it is also the season for eating. Filipinos are known for being big eaters and just like any culture they do also have staple Christmas food. One of the famous holiday dishes you can expect during the yuletide season is the Lechon or roasted pork. This season will not be the same without this in the middle of the dining table. However, no household can finish a whole Lechon in one sitting. So if you’re thinking: “What else can you do with your leftover lechon?” Here is a list of post-Christmas Lechon dishes you can expect after the eve of the holiday.
1. Lechon Paksiw
The number one dish that can be made, out of the leftover Lechon is the Lechon Paksiw, this could probably go-to recipe of most Filipino mothers. Stewed with vinegar, liver sauce, and spices like; peppercorns, bay leaves, garlic, and onions. This Filipino dish is best paired with steamed rice.
2. Adobong Lechon
One of the most popular cooking process in Filipino Cuisine is Adobo. This process can also be done with the leftover Lechon from your Christmas party. Our Filipino moms usually cook the Adobong Lechon with soy sauce, vinegar, bay leaves, peppercorns, garlic, and onions.
3. Sinigang Na Lechon
Nothing can beat the cold like the hot soup of Sinigang na Lechon. It has been the best staple food during the cold weather for Filipinos. It is mixed with vegetables like; eggplant, okra, beans, kangkong, and Gabi accompanied with sour taste soup plus your Lechon meat. Sinigang na Lechon can be one of the dishes you can expect during the post-Christmas season.
4.Pinakbet with Lechon
Balancing the unhealthiness of Lechon, Filipino moms mix their roasted pork leftover with Pinakbet. A Filipino cuisine with mix vegetables like; squash, beans, eggplant, and bitter gourd. If you want an extra flavor you can add shrimp paste to make it more savory. (pasta-eater.com)
5. Lechon Sisig
The next dish is the perfect remedy for your leftover Lechon is the Lechon Sisig it is the best food for post-Christmas drinking sessions with your uncles or friends. It is the ultimate “putok batok” food you can ask for. Served on the sizzling plate, the crunchy skin of Lechon and egg on top of it then it is the perfect of Sisig.
This season is the season of leftover foods. As Filipinos, we are known for giving our twist in different dishes. If you have any suggestions for other Filipino dishes that can be made out of the leftover Lechon, you can leave a comment, down below and we’ll add that on our list.