Best-cooked Chinese ham in the city, a must-have for Christmas
City’s most famous ham
The flagship product, the cooked Chinese ham is famous in the entire country. Here they make ham from recipes passed on from generation to generation. Excelente’s best seller is the Lumon Ham, not cheap at PHP 1200 per kilogram, but packed with flavour and hugely popular.
Christmas dinner must-have
The Philippines has a long running tradition of ‘Noche Buena’ family Christmas dinner with ham as the grand centrepiece.In the days leading up to Christmas, you expect to see long queues for Excelente! ‘Ever since I was a kid my family bought Excelente cooked ham for special occasions. The best of the best, the first among equals.’ says Richie Suntay, a regular customer.
What to buy?
Excelente’s little know secret is their scrap ham, various excess trimmings of meat. At PHP 900 per kilogram, cheaper than the sliced ham, but still packed with the signature smoky rich flavour. Excelente also sells ready-to-eat ham sandwiches at PHP 60.