ASF Aftermath: Crocs Substituted For Pigs For Filipino Lechon

MANILA, Philippines (The Adobo Chronicles, Manila Bureau) – Crocs and pigs are often used to describe inept and corrupt Filipino legislators, but who knew these animal species would have each other’s back during the Christmas holiday season in the Philippines?

In many Filipino households, the traditional noche buena (Christmas eve feast/dinner) would not be complete without the traditional lechon (roast pig).  Who can resist that crispy skin dipped in special lechon sauce ni Mang Tomas?

But alas, the African Swine Fever (ASF) has had an impact on the supply of pigs in the Philippines, and has prompted many Filipinos to stay away from pork altogether.

For the enterprising and resilient Filipinos, the shortage of lechon this Christmas season has not dampened their spirit.  They have found a new gourmet substitute for the lechon pig: the lechon crocodile.

We wonder though if the croc skin would be as crispy as that of the lechon pig.

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