07 Nov2009


I was messing around in the kitchen, trying to come up with a sandwich that was first delicious, and second, used lechon somehow. First I made a paksiw na lechon and shredded the meat and placed it in a pan de sal. It tasted great, but it looked pretty boring. I think if the paksiw were darker and I threw in some greens it might look more appealing. And maybe a harder bun is necessary to hold up to the shredded paksiw, a pulled pork sandwich wannabe. But it wasn’t a slam dunk sandwich, so I futzed around some more…


The next experiment was to thinly slice some leftover lechon meat from the belly section and a little from the thigh section. I took a couple of square inches of skin as well. Into a HOT pan I quickly fried/seared the slices of meat in a little vegetable oil and removed it immediately. I fried the skin until crisp. Next I added a half tablespoon of lechon sarsa (bottled in this case, but freshly made would be better) to the meat and gently tossed it with some freshly ground pepper. I toasted a half pita and stuffed it with the lechon, some grated carrot and cucumber in a mild vinaigrette, some chopped cilantro and a few slices of homemade pickled green chillies, and bit into it. OMG! Now that is a sandwich! Part banh mi inspired, part Peking Duck, part Mediterranean light bread… but somehow this was tasty, not dry, not too saucy, fat and acid balanced off each other… And instead of side order of fries, I had one crisp fried piece of lechon skin to nibble on. Delicious. I ate two sandwiches in a row followed by my cholesterol medication! Will definitely have to eventually add this to the crew’s lineup of Zubuchon products.




  1. Artisan Chocolatier says:

    AWESOME!!! I’ll make some pita bread and try this out as well.

    BTW MM, is this zubuchon from the little experiment you showed me yesterday?

    Nov 7, 2009 | 10:45 am


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  3. Melissa says:

    YUM! MM, when will we have Zubuchon in Manila??

    Nov 7, 2009 | 10:54 am

  4. penoybalut says:

    Ano kaya MM, kung ang dressing mo ay sarsa din ng lechon, parang masarap di yun ah. Habang ako’y nagtratrabaho, ay aking naasamam yung malambot ng pinagong na may ganyan nga shredded lechon na may sarsa, tapos ang pangotra ay atsara o kaya ay pipino o kundi naman ay kagaya ng vietnamese sandwich.

    Ay naku sigurado ang weekend ko ay may kasamang lechon liempo.

    Nov 7, 2009 | 11:01 am

  5. tnm says:


    Nov 7, 2009 | 11:01 am

  6. el_jefe says:

    ANSARAP!!!!! nagutom ako ha! eto ang masarap na nakamamatay! pwes atleast namatay sa sarap! hehehhe ppwede din siguro and tinadtad na zubuchon sa thai pork laarb instead na ginilong ang gamitin….yumyum! o kaya nama’y isahog ang mga laman at balat sa pakbet ilokano o pinakbet tagalog mala bagnet ng ilokos…naku po! nakmamatay na sarap! :=>

    Nov 7, 2009 | 11:34 am

  7. el_jefe says:

    ANSARAP!!!!! nagutom ako ha! eto ang masarap na nakamamatay! pwes atleast namatay sa sarap! hehehhe ppwede din siguro and tinadtad na zubuchon sa thai pork laarb instead na giniling ang gamitin….yumyum! o kaya nama’y isahog ang mga laman at balat sa pakbet ilokano o pinakbet tagalog mala bagnet ng ilokos…naku po! nakmamatay na sarap! :=>

    Nov 7, 2009 | 11:35 am

  8. joan says:

    MM, I’m going to experiment on ZUBUCHON pizza this Sunday, using Artisan’s crispy pizza dough and his homemade sauce. I can’t wait!

    Nov 7, 2009 | 11:40 am

  9. JoannaQ says:

    my christmas wish: for zubuchon to be available in Manila…please please…

    Nov 7, 2009 | 12:21 pm

  10. marcial bonifacio says:

    My Deathrow Meal…indeed!=D

    Nov 7, 2009 | 12:26 pm

  11. Pilar says:

    Oh MM! Am green with envy! whoa…..

    Nov 7, 2009 | 1:11 pm

  12. Jaja says:

    sarap sarap!!! can’t wait to go to Cebu na!!

    Nov 7, 2009 | 1:35 pm

  13. junb says:

    WOW Now this is real FOOD !!! How bout Zubuchon Wrap with crispy skin, baby spinach, jalapeno, a bit of onion and honey mustard dressing :)

    Nov 7, 2009 | 2:00 pm

  14. shasha says:

    lami kaayo MM!

    Nov 7, 2009 | 2:39 pm

  15. det says:

    at 2 a.m. am drooling!

    Nov 7, 2009 | 3:02 pm

  16. quiapo says:

    sounds really nice! I wonder if the use of litson sarsa makes one think automatically of rice and whether using instead a plain gravy made from the oil frying the skin and meat would blend better with bread. In my recent trip home I was served Peking Duck style lechon meat, skin and spring onion with sarsa wrapped in a crepe, – very nice!!

    Nov 7, 2009 | 3:18 pm

  17. Hatari says:

    #$%^&* MM!!! Oh but you’re good.

    Nov 7, 2009 | 4:54 pm

  18. silly lolo says:

    Futzin’ is where it’s at! People should commit to futz more. The thing is, when you’re futzin’ you are never quite sure where you will end up but when you get there, it just feels sooo good!
    MM is a futzer. Artisan is a futzer. Join the party and futz!

    Nov 7, 2009 | 6:01 pm

  19. denise says:

    why do i torture myself day in and day out following this blog????!!! waaaaaaaaah…so hungry again…january seems so far away….but the good thing about this is, by then i won’t just have zubuchon, lechon sisig, lechon paksiw, there would also now be a Zubuchonwich! plus some other innovations (chicharon bulaklak?)

    silly lolo…hehe..that’s a very good way of putting it…futzin’…hehe…

    Nov 7, 2009 | 9:05 pm

  20. Vicky Go says:

    That zubochonwich looks like it will TKO any porchetta version. Yummy! Next time I buy some lechon from the East Asian store, I’ll try this!
    BTW – I made the “pata tim” a la MM var of Sweet Soy Pork Hocks in Waitrose. It rocked! Delish! Thanks MM!

    Nov 7, 2009 | 9:05 pm

  21. Artisan Chocolatier says:

    Ok guys, For tomorrow’s Sunday market….I have some pita bread and tortilla.

    Here’s my suggestion for the filling for the pita bread
    1. Zubuchon (belly portion) Skin and meat
    2. lechon sauce
    3. Atchara

    For the tortilla
    All the above with rice!!

    Joan….for your lechon pizza, use lechon sauce (instead of my pizza sauce) and atchara

    I’ll also bring some pan-de-sal for the sisig. Add some mayo

    Wheat Ciabatta will be great for the paksiw

    Nov 7, 2009 | 10:20 pm

  22. joyce says:

    looks delicious! the combination of the veggies plus coriander with the pork reminds me of the pork dishes i ate in vietnam. these past posts is giving me a hankering for roast pork.

    Nov 7, 2009 | 10:41 pm

  23. emsy says:

    this looks yummy!

    Nov 8, 2009 | 2:47 am

  24. SD says:

    I’d like Raita with my Zubuchon and pita :)

    Nov 8, 2009 | 6:23 am

  25. Vicky says:

    Looks really yummy! It might also be good on a lebanese flat bread and eaten shawarma style!

    Nov 8, 2009 | 8:37 am

  26. angie says:

    wow! i just bought zubuchon 30 minutes ago. and it was d bomb! i was supposed to go home to davao yesrday but opted to stay behind just to be able to eat half a kilo of lechon. i could really taste all the herbs and spices. sarap to the bones. also got some belgian lace cookies from don mertos and some from sweet melissa. togethet with all the pinagsugbo and biscocho from iloilo, piayaya fr bacolod and pinato fr san carlos, all my luggage contains is food!

    Nov 8, 2009 | 11:45 am

  27. Marketman says:

    angie, thank you for trying the Zubuchon, and I am pleased you enjoyed it!

    Nov 8, 2009 | 12:34 pm

  28. millet says:

    OMG! this is so healthy, i assure you, because all the vegetables are going to make up for that miniscule amount of fat, and the chili slices will counteract the cholesterol. :-)

    Nov 8, 2009 | 12:47 pm

  29. Marketfan says:

    Do you think some roasted bell peppers and caramelized onions with a little balsamic vinegar will also go well with the zubuchon sandwich filling?

    Nov 8, 2009 | 7:53 pm

  30. Marketman says:

    Marketfan, they probably would, but I would remove the carrot and cucumber and add some baby arugula for greens instead… :)

    Nov 8, 2009 | 7:57 pm

  31. atbnorge says:

    Finally, I get to see a picture of the legendary Zubuchon. Makes me think of a nice good crackling for the Christmas Eve roasted ribs. My husband would love the touch of chili…

    Nov 9, 2009 | 6:53 am

  32. Maricel says:

    The homemade pickled green chilies look good. Can you please share the recipe. Thanks!

    Nov 9, 2009 | 2:32 pm

  33. Mini says:

    Looks terrific, Marketman! This will surely be a hit as “lechon sandwiches” are quite rare. God bless you!

    Nov 9, 2009 | 3:41 pm

  34. Kelly says:

    I have to get myself to Cebu soon to try the Zubuchon! (I love pork!)

    Nov 9, 2009 | 4:50 pm

  35. Marketman says:

    Maricel, I can recall which recipe I used for the pickles, but I think they were just cider vinegar, sugar, salt and possibly a bit of water. Then I added that to chopped siling mahaba and put them in a boiling water bath for 8 minutes to sterilize them. They came out pretty close to the Singaporean version I was trying to re-create. Don’t keep all seeds in the chilies as they can be a bit overwhelming…

    Nov 10, 2009 | 6:24 pm

  36. Jay ann says:

    It looks good for me though,well you can add some lettuce in it or maybe tomatoes and cheese…It’s mouthwatering for me..Oh my God!!!

    Jan 27, 2010 | 1:00 pm


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