Does Kuya Ja’s Live Up To The Hype?

The short answer to that question?  HELL YES.  If you haven’t had their lechon yet, what are you even doing with your life?  Whether there’s crazy traffic or not, Kuya Ja’s is always worth the drive.

Located on 5268-H Nicholson Lane in Rockville, MD, their noms will have you coming back for more time and time again. FYI, they’re closed on Mondays and Tuesdays, and their hours are as follow:  Sunday from 11-8PM, Wednesday & Thursday from 11-3PM then 5-9PM, then Friday and Saturday from 11-9PM.

We’ve only had the pleasure of trying a handful of eats there, but we’ll be back to try more very soon.  We met up with our good friend @charmcityadventures and got a droolworthy spread to share because sharing is caring:

  • Lechon Kawali:  crispy pork belly, fried egg, atsara (pickled papaya) salad, jaja sauce, adobo glaze, white rice
  • Lechon Belly:  slow roasted pork belly with sweet pork loganisa and sub garlic rice for add ons.
  • Gwenie’s Pastries Ube Custard & Pandan Cake
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Everything was delicious, but their lechon was spectacular.  The meat was so tender, and the skin was thick and crispy as can be.  It literally crackled when we bit into it, and we’ve never had anything quite like it.  It apparently takes 6 hours to roast, and they DO sell out frequently so definitely make sure to come sooner rather than later.

Kuya Ja's Lechon

The sausage was a highlight as well so it was worth the small upcharge, same with the garlic rice.  The menu here’s so bomb, but we’ll probably end up just getting the lechon combo again the next time we go.  We do want to eventually try their lumpia and pancit though.

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Lechon Kawali

The lechon kawali was a beautiful option, and we’d be raving about it more if we weren’t so in love with their lechon.  It was fatty.  It was flavorful.  It was perfection, especially when enjoyed with the atsara.  The acidity and texture really enhanced the bowl, and the accompanying jaja sauce was wildly addictive.  Highly, HIGHLY recommend for those of you looking to try something new!

As for desserts, Gwenie’s was pretty damn delicious.  If you love ube as much as we do, definitely make sure to indulge…more than you already are.  The cheesecake and pie looked awesome so let us know what you think if you try it before us.

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pandan cake

Alright friends, that’s a wrap for today, but we hope you enjoyed reading all about our latest experience at Kuya Ja’s.  Rockville has SO many amazing asian eats, and we can’t wait to feature more from the area.  Where should we go next?  Let us know by leaving us a line below.


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