Sorry, I couldn’t resist. The original “chestnuts” version is one of my favorite Christmas carols… Many, many years ago, a friend’s family had a mountain top home with a large fireplace, and if I recall correctly, they had a copper chestnut roasting pan. It was the ultimate in single use kitchen/cooking implements, you loaded it with chestnuts, stuck it into the fireplace over the embers and flames, and waited for the chestnuts to pop and burst, before extracting them to eat. It’s precisely the scene I imagine when that Christmas song plays on the stereo… of course, some freshly fallen snow outdoors would help as well. :)
In tropical Cebu, we have to axe the chestnuts and roast a piggy instead. The holidays are fast approaching, and our Zubuchon Escario Central Branch is all gussied up for the holidays. We went with a red white and green theme… nothing too exciting, but certainly “classic”…
We put a couple of trees near the front entrance, hoping to make it the ideal “photo opp” for guests… and it’s done exactly that. The first night we put up the trees, I swear a family of 8 took a minimum of 30 photos by the trees and decor. Ate with friend, kneeling and holding hands, kuya with mama, mama with papa, group, etc. It was really quite amusing. Until I realized the flashes were probably annoying other guests. I wanted to go over and ask if they were going to put up a tree at home… as they already took enough photos for the entire holiday season… :)
If you happen to be in Cebu during the holidays, here’s Marketman’s insider tip… instead of a whole lechon, just order one of these Boneless Zubuchons, roughy 3-4 kilos of boneless pork belly, roasted porchetta style with local herbs and spices. We have a limited number of custom made reddish Christmas carrying baskets, and we expect brisk orders for this less expensive, easier (easy to serve and keep) and more modest sized alternative to a whole lechon. Prices range from roughly PHP1,800 – PHP2,400, depending on the final cooked weight of the Boneless Zubuchon.
To order, please call our main office during regular business hours M-F 9am-5pm. Our Boneless Zubuchons are ONLY available in Cebu at the moment, and we don’t ship them to Manila. Tel. 032-254-7342 or 032-236-5264.