If you haven’t tasted Balamban Liempo’s succulent meat and crispy skin, you haven’t eaten the best liempo yet. Comparable to lechon, this original Cebu business would make you fall in love with their pork belly.
What started as a hole in the wall eatery in July 2009 is rapidly invading different parts of Cebu. Balamban Liempo Food Corner is owned by Cebuano couple Jojo and Honey Vergara of Abucayan, town of Balamban. Inspired by Balamban’s meticulous way of preparing and grilling liempo, they opened their first branch in the house of Jojo’s father located at Mabolo, Cebu. The first customers were people around Mabolo, who spread the news like wildfire. In no time, people from different parts of Cebu came rushing in to be part of the liempo craze.
Balamban Liempo boasts of pork belly grilled to perfection. What makes their liempo stand out is its tender meat and crispy skin flavored with herbs and secret ingredients inside. Dip it in local vinegar and pair it with puso and you’ll have a feast in your mouth. One piece of liempo only costs P175.00, which is already good for 4-5 persons. They also have group meals up to 15 persons. Aside from liempo, they also serve tasty super-sized lechon manok that also costs P175.
Balamban Liempo also has branches in Mandaue, Pardo, Talisay and Larsian Fuente, Cebu’s barbecue capital. They aim to open 10 stores by 2010. Indulge in great-tasting and affordable pork belly! For orders and inquiries, visit balambanliempo.multiply.com
For those who are reading this from another side of the world, these definitions may help:
Liempo is a Spanish term for pork belly, which is derived from the belly of pigs.
Puso or hanging rice is boiled rice wrapped in palm frond.
Lechon is a Spanish term for roast pork.
Lechon manok means roasted chicken.