Champorado Brunches and Lechon Dinners at Pig and KhaoSunday, January 11, 2015
One of the greatest things about living in New York is that Filipino cuisine has become one of the hippest in the city. When I packed up my bags and moved here eight years ago, I couldn't have imagined that my Sex and the City-esque brunch choices would ever include champorado and sizzling sisig—with bottomless mimosas to boot! Yes, today I'm living the Pinay in America dream where I can have corned beef and garlic rice for brunch without having to be all defensive about it, thanks to Pig and Khao. The restaurant is helmed by Top Chef alum, Leah Cohen, who also happens to be half Filipina. Her menu takes inspiration from her travels through Southeast Asia, so I've now also developed an addiction to the spicy curry flavors of their Khao Soi noodle soup on top of my dependence on their crispy-bacon-champorado combo.
But wait! That's not all. Pig and Khao now also does ... *drumroll* ... suckling pig dinners! Thanks to my friend Julie, I found out that for $45 per person for a 6-10 person group, Pig and Khao will cook up a whole piggie for you and your buddies, with vegetable sides, unlimited rice (coconut and jasmine), plus a liver sauce that comes nice and close to that Pinoy favorite, Mang Tomas. Our little piggie was utter perfection: the skin was nice and crunchy while the meat was tender and packed with flavor. If you like pork and breaking pork skin with friends, I highly recommend hitting up Pig & Khao.
Pig and Khao is located at 68 Clinton Street, New York, NY. If you are looking to partake of lechon, make sure you call (212) 920-4485 at least a week in advance and be ready to put down a deposit.