Because of the COVID-19 pandemic that devastated the world, many people tried to eat better and live a healthier lifestyle. That’s because health experts are recommending that we all strengthen our immune systems so that we could prevent infection of the coronavirus.
This is exactly how plant-based food and diets started to become known nationwide, pushing even big brands to embrace changes and add plant-based options to their menus.
Right now, most plant-based items are in the form of burger patties, pasta, and some dishes. But have you ever heard of a plant-based lechon belly? (Read: Wow! Starbucks Just Added Plant-Based Food to Its Menu!)
Plant-Based Lechon Belly
For a meat lover, it would be questionable to hear the words “plant-based” and “lechon belly” in one dish. This is because we all know that lechon and lechon belly are mostly meat— and that their only non-meat components are the stuffing.
But now, thanks to Chef Elpi Jugalbot III, a plant-based lechon belly is already possible! Non-meat eaters can now eat lechon belly to their hearts’ desire through Chef Elpi’s “Vellychon” — a plant-based version of the lechon belly which makes use of water, corn, wheat, soybeans, cassava, annatto seeds (atsuete), salt, sugar, black pepper, garlic, lemongrass, and red food coloring.
Chef Elpi’s Vellychon
Despite it not having any meat or animal products, Chef Elpi’s vellychon still has the mouthwatering crunch that every fan of lechon loves to hear and bite into. It even has the slightly charred feel to it, as well as the “fat” that many Filipinos love (and regret having shortly after!).
Of course, when compared to its fatty counterpart, the vellychon is not as juicy and fork-tender. Still, it’s a delicious dish for those who love to eat lechon but are trying to eat healthier! (Read: Love lechon? Here are four fun facts about this Pinoy favorite!)
Iff you want to order, Chef Elpi’s ready-to-eat vellychon is available only P695. They also have the ready-to-cook, unmarinated version which is sold for P595.