The power of mass media, and television, in particular, always surprises me. A few weeks ago, I wrote a post on a little lechon experiment we did at the office, here. One of the blog’s regular readers, a highly respected news broadcaster, probably opened it (while hungry) and one thing led to another, and they had research assistants texting me if it was possible to film a “lechichor” being made from scratch.
A day or two later, I found myself back in Cebu, doing an impromptu demo (I wasn’t aware I had to do the actual demo). Regulars on the blog know I hate video but I did the best I could. After all, this is about the roast pig stuffed with chicken and spicy chorizo…
Even if the temperature is mild, I SWEAT when the cameras get turned on. And I ALWAYS forget when I have a remote mike on, hence actual recording of me in the bathroom (thank goodness only #1) or talking about this inane thing or other back inside the air-conditioned office until the next part of the shoot. :)
I am always embarrassed to say my Filipino language skills are appalling, but I managed two fairly decent sentences before totally being voiced over by Jessica Soho. I fumbled at the ingredients description when I got to “native” red bell pepper (matamis na piper? bill piper? pulang pepper na hindi maanghang?) — egads, there is no translation it seems! :(
At any rate, it aired on the Jessica Soho show last Sunday and within hours we got requests from folks if they could order the lechichors. We don’t have it on the menu, but due to insistent emails, we are now making them available on special order basis, only for whole orders. And it’s only really now that I realize the dish is poorly named… if it is to be consistently Filipino, it should be lemanchor (lechon, manok, chorizo) or lechokizo or lechomancho… hahaha. :)