Here’s Why We Chose This Cochinillo

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It was my best friend’s birthday and we were on a mission to order some yummy cochinillo. We wanted to have something special for a special day.

cochinillo from Casa Armas
Crispy and bursting with flavors.

So, What Is A Cochinillo Pig?

Now, some of you may be asking, what is a cochinillo pig?

To answer that question, a cochinillo is pretty much like the ultimate piggy delicacy.  I would have to say that’s it’s the VIP of the porcine world! 😄

A cochinillo pig is bred and raised to be extra tender and succulent. It’s hard to resist the crispy, crackling skin and juicy, melt-in-your-mouth meat of a cochinillo pig.

A cochinillo pig is bred and raised to be extra tender and succulent. It’s hard to resist the crispy, crackling skin and juicy, melt-in-your-mouth meat of a cochinillo pig.

It’s like a heavenly culinary experience wrapped in piggy perfection!

What Is The Difference Between A Lechon And A Cochinillo?

The lechon and the cochinillo are  two succulent delights. They may appear similar at first glance, but they’re not.

I would  have to say that the lechon id the majestic beast of the culinary world. Roasted to perfection, it’s a tantalizing masterpiece with a crispy, crackling skin, and tender, flavorful meat.

I would  have to say that the lechon is the majestic beast of the culinary world. Roasted to perfection, it’s an irresistible masterpiece with a crispy, crackling skin, and tender, flavorful meat.

A cochinillo involves a young piglet, a suckling pig. 😁

Cochinillo is traditionally prepared by seasoning the piglet with simple ingredients like salt, garlic, and olive oil, before roasting it in a wood-fired oven.

Cochinillo is traditionally prepared by seasoning the piglet with simple ingredients like salt, garlic, and olive oil, before roasting it in a wood-fired oven.

The result? A crispy, golden-brown skin that shatters under the touch, revealing tender, succulent meat that practically melts in your mouth.

The difference lies in their preparation and cultural roots. Lechon is all about bold, vibrant flavors, influenced by Filipino cuisine, with spices that create a symphony of taste in every bite.

On the other hand, cochinillo embraces simplicity and lets the natural flavors of the piglet shine through, with a subtle seasoning that enhances rather than overpowers.

How Much Is A Cochinillo?

At this point, you’re probably wondering how much is a cochinillo. Well, we inquired from the following: Secret Kitchen, Mr. Cochinillo, Alba, and Casa Armas.

The cochinillo from Secret Kitchen comes in two sizes. You have the option to order their large cochinillo, which is PHP 10,999. They also have a medium cochinillo, which is good for six to eight people. It’s priced at PHP 9,999.

We also inquired from Mr. Cochinillo. Their cochinillo is good for 10 to 14 people and it’s priced at PHP 10, 999.

Alba’s cochinillo serves 12 to 15 people and it’s priced at PHP 11,500.

We also inquired from Casa Armas. Their cochinillo is good for ten people and it’s priced at  PHP 10,117.29.

We Went For The …

if you’re wondering which cochinillo we went for, well, we decided on the one from Casa Armas. Now, I’m pretty sure that the cochinillo from the Secret Kitchen, Mr. Cochinillo, and Alba is good as well.

We tasted the one from Alba a couple of years ago, it was pretty good.

Now we went for Casa Armas because we also tasted it before  (when it was just PHP6,000! Talk about inflammation.😁 But then that was years ago and I mean, years ago!)

But our main reason for choosing Casa Armas was because of their customer service. They were very responsive. Special mention to Meryl, who was very patient even if it took some time for us to decide.

But our main reason for choosing Casa Armas was because of their customer service. They were very responsive. Special mention to Meryl, who was very patient even if it took some time for us to decide.

Customer service matters …. A LOT, especially in this day and age.

The digital world allows customers to inquire, no matter what time of day. To get someone as patient and accommodating as Meryl just shows how serious Casa Aramas is with their customers.

We were not disappointed with the cochinillo from Casa Armas.

It was really good and it went so well with the beautiful table setting.

table setting
The yummy cochinillo from Casa Armas deserves a beautiful table setting. The dining table is designed by Kenneth John Montegrande.

Have you tried the cochinillo from Casa Armas? Where do you usually order cochinillo? Feel free to share your thoughts with us in the comment section below. We’d love to hear from you. 🙂

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