When you think of Chicken Lechon or “Lechon Manok“, the first brands that come to mind might be Andok’s, Baliwag, Chooks to go, and Senor Pedro. These vendors sell your no-frills Chicken Lechon roasted over a hot spit with three factors in mind strong flavors, easily prepared, and affordability.
Chicken Lechon is simple yet there are a lot of flavor elements that dwell into it, marinate it with staple Filipino household ingredients such as ginger, bay leaf, red onions and garlic and leave it overnight. Then before roasting add a bunch of lemongrass and green onions filling the cavity of the chicken. This combination adds overwhelming flavors to the chicken inside and out. Crispy torched skin and juicy center that’s typically dipped in a lechon sauce. It’s something that every Filipino would have eaten once in their life.
In different cultures they prepare this in different ways, one that closely resembles ours is the Portuguese Peri-Peri Chicken. Peri-Peri or also known as Piri-Piri gets its name from the African bird’s eye chili peppers. In Portugal, they would marinate a whole chicken using select spices such as lemon, olive oil, chili, paprika, and garlic. They would then grill it and have a special Peri Peri sauce on the side. This spicy sauce became famous in chains such as Nando’s that they eventually would up adding sides and other flavors of sauces on the side.
WHAT MAKES SARI DIFFERENT
Sari Filipino Chicken Lechon takes your homegrown Filipino dish and raises it. They use the traditional way of marinating and cooking the Chicken Lechon Filipino Style then serve it with a number of sauces and sides.
They use locally sourced ingredients and flavors and takes the Lechon Manok experience to another level. While maintaining the usual sauces such as sinamak(Spiced vinegar), soy garlic, and chicken that you usually find in chicken restaurants around the Philippines. They add a number of dipping sauces like the Sari Special Sauce, Filchuri, Green Sili, Labuyo Garlic and the Mango Ketchup while keeping around the classic lechon sauce.
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After being marinated for 48 hours then cooked in the rotisserie for 3 hours with a heat of 165-degree temperature. They serve this beautiful charred Chicken Lechon with three saucemaryosep of your choice. We recommend the Sari Secret Sauce, Soy Garlic, and the Mango Ketchup.
You can also try their value meals where to can order a quarter chicken with their camote chips, atchara, and rice.
SORBETEROS ARTISINAL FILIPINO ICE CREAM FLAVORS
Other flavors priced at 120php:
- Ice Scramble Ice Cream (a streetside favorite with mini marshmallows, powdered milk, and chocolate syrup)
- Choconut Ice Cream (with more crushed chocnut and toasted pinipig)
- Latik Ice Cream (light coconut caramel ice cream topped with fresh buko)
- Tablea Ice Cream (bittersweet chocolatey goodness topped with powdered biscocho)
- Queso Langka Ice Cream (fresh langka ice cream topped with grated queso)
- Polvoron Ice Cream (toasted milk ice cream with homemade polvoron)
Our Overall Take
Sari Filipino Chicken Lechon headed by Chef Jehrad Dolino and Chef Aggi Salanguit, raises the bar in Chicken Lechon standards. Young and forward thinkers who aim to elevate Filipino comfort food by keeping essential staple flavors and applying curated culinary technique with their execution.
We say that it is about time that our Lechon Manok takes its rightful place in the mainstream consumer market and fend off other chicken gringos (no pun intended!) and conquistadors.
Sari Filipino Chicken Lechon
- Upper Veranda, Level 3, Robinsons Galleria, Ortigas, Quezon City
- Operating Hours: 9 AM to 10 PM
- Ave. Cost for two: 800 PHP
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