Mang Kiko’s Lechon Charcoal Grill

For those who are wondering, lechon is Spanish for roast pork, Mang Kiko’s signature dish. I decided to try the chicken instead this time though. A set of rice and your choice of meat costs $6 here, which may seem a tad pricey before you consider where the stall is located. It’s no steal but definitely has the one-up when compared to the absurd Nandos at Parco Bugis Junction.

Mang Kiko’s Lechon Half Chicken

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Mang Kiko’s Lechon Soup and Condiments

In Mang Kiko’s Lechon, however, you can find only portions of the pig skewered instead of the whole pig. Also, the roasted pork served here also does not taste like the typical lechon in Philippines. The name of the stall is a bit of a misnomer actually. It could be aptly named Mang Kiko’s Lechon Manok.

Mang Kiko’s Lechon Charcoal Grill

In Mang Kiko’s Lechon, however, you can find only portions of the pig skewered instead of the whole pig. Also, the roasted pork served here also does not taste like the typical lechon in Philippines. The name of the stall is a bit of a misnomer actually. It could be aptly named Mang Kiko’s Lechon Manok.

With so few reviews, your opinion of Mang Kiko's Lechon could be huge. Start your review today.
Mang Kiko’s Lechon is claiming to be the first Lechon stall in Singapore that offers a wide variety of Lechon – Baboy, Manok, Liempo, BBQ and more….. Mang Kiko's Lechon is a stall selling the ubiquitous Filipino street food that is Lechon. Lechon is actually suckling pig but in my two trips to the Philippines, I've noticed that the term usually means there's a rotisserie selling roasted meats like manok (chicken), lechon baboy (pig), liempo (pork belly) or pork BBQ (the Filipino version of satay or kebabs). Anyone who is familiar with the Philippines please correct me here.

I am a huge, huge fan of both the roast chicken and pork BBQ at Mang Kiko's and I'd daresay it's better than some of the manok I've had in Manila. For $5, you get a quarter chicken ala carte or a set meal with rice and soup for $6. The chicken is roasted over a spit and you can see them turning brown and crisp as you edge closer to the counter. Mind you at lunch time, the queue can get quite long and up until recently, the pork BBQ skewers would be sold out by 12.20pm. When you order, the assistant will remove a chicken from the spit and chop it up immediately. The chicken is served on brown paper over a basket, in all it's juicy glory. You can pick up condiments like garlic sauce, chilli or vinegar, but the chicken is great on it's own. The pork BBQ skewer is equally mind blowing. I'd describe it simply as pork chunks based in a marinade similar to char siew sauce but better, with a sliver of fat included at the end to keep things juicy. The skewer is charred perfectly and you'll often find 1-2 sticks isn't enough.

A Singaporean colleague of mine once debated why we bothered buying a chicken or "char siew" from Philippines cuisine when the local versions are equally good. I actually think the roast chicken at Mang Kiko's beats both the brown skin Hainanese chicken and the quintessential British roast chicken, whether cooked at home or at rotisseries. It's something about the spices used. As for pork BBQ, I think it's a whole different ball game compared to Char Siew, which uses more fatty pork belly, shoulder or collar while pork BBQ uses the lean pork loin. If you've never tried Filipino food, try Mang Kiko's and then go hunt down a plate of sisig to eat while you enjoy a bottle of San Mig!This video was taken during the wake of Francisco "Kiko" Gatchalian, a Filipino musician and band leader widely known during the 60s for his big band, Kiko and his Coconut Groove Orchestra. Gershwin Zabat (guitar) and Mikko Gatchalian (vocals) paid tribute to their grandfather by performing the song "Mang Kiko", written by the former. Kiko Gatchalian will always be remembered as a charismatic trumpet player and band leader who always captivated his audience with his unique sound and extraordinary showmanship.Mang Kiko’s at Lau Pat Sat is a little stall in a beautiful Victorian style building built in 1890’s. There are hordes of other food stalls as well and the place is buzzing with people, especially around lunch time.
Mang Kiko's Lechon is the first and the original lechon manok and liempo in Singapore.

Mang Kiko’s Lechon Soup and Condiments

Mang Kiko’s Lechon @ Lau Pa Sat
Stall 100, Lau Pa Sat Festival Market
18 Raffles Quay
Singapore 048582
Tel: (65) 6646 6444

Mang Kiko's Lechon is the first and the original lechon manok and liempo in Singapore.

Mang Kiko’s Lechon Half Chicken


Very small menu but it works really well: The menu of Mang Kiko’s features only three dishes – Roasted Chicken, Roasted Pork Belly and Pork Barbeque. Available in both set meal and a la carte, these three delicious viands are good enough to knock roasted meat lovers out.

Mang Kiko’s Lechon Charcoal Grill

Mang Kiko’s Lechon Half Chicken

I ordered ½ Roasted Chicken. This costs $10 without rice included. All the dishes from Mang Kiko’s come with complimentary sinigang soup. Choices for condiments are Lechon (Liver) Sauce, Vinegar, Dark Soya Sauce and the Chili Sauce (usually served with the Hainanese Chicken Rice).