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Nov 2, 2005 07:22 PM

Pork belly and bacon

  • d

Perhaps a stupid question but what is the difference between pork belly and bacon? Is the latter just pork belly that has been cured and smoked?

Thank you

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  1. If you're talking American bacon, then yep, that's the only difference.

    Although often cooks will take a fresh pork belly and lightly cure it in salt (and maybe spices?) for a day or two before braising it.


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      Wayne Keyser

      I have seen a Chinese restaurant selling lots of Asian diners a dish of 1.5" cubes of pork belly, cooked with a sort of "General Tso" sauce (no breading), arranged on the platter fitted back together square-by-square, surrounded by plain steamed buns to split and eat the meat in.

      Yummy, but no diet food!