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Where to buy pork belly in the Triangle

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bbqme Aug 3, 2007 07:46 AM

Have a couple of prok beely based dishes I'd like to try but I don't know where to go to buy it. I remember seeing it at Grand Asia market in Cary but are there any other places, preferably closer to me in Chapel Hill or Durham?

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    tommio RE: bbqme Aug 3, 2007 09:54 AM

    Ask Cliff. I'm sure he can get it.

    1. termite RE: bbqme Aug 3, 2007 12:17 PM

      I've bought it at Compare Foods.

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        Tom from Raleigh RE: bbqme Aug 3, 2007 12:18 PM

        I believe that Cane Creek Farms sells belly. GIve them a call and see about picking up an order at the Carrboro Farmer's Market.

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          chops RE: Tom from Raleigh Aug 5, 2007 01:15 PM

          I've bought it at compare and at Food World in Durham. Compare sells it sliced pretty much all the time, but sometimes they are out of the whole belly. I have foodworld cut it to the size I need. They are very helpful.

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            bbqme RE: chops Aug 6, 2007 08:21 AM

            Thanks everyone. I'll try Compare first since it's near Duke-- and I can hit Los Comales for some tacos while I'm at it.

        2. Tom M of Durham NC RE: bbqme Aug 27, 2007 02:40 PM

          The Korean market next to Vit Goal Tofu at the intersection of 54 and 55 almost always has it. Look in the freezer section, they keep a lot of their meats frozen.

          1. cinderz RE: bbqme Aug 27, 2007 02:42 PM

            Any decent-sized asian grocery store (Chinese, Korean) has pork belly, usually sliced.

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              josephin RE: bbqme Aug 28, 2007 06:31 PM

              Try my friends at Fickle Creek Farm:

              http://www.localharvest.org/farms/M7567

              They are at Durham and Hillsborough's Farmer's Markets. Often have fresh chicken and pork, sometimes (this week, I think) fresh lamb. Can't beat them for freshness, taste, and really nice people.

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                Tom from Raleigh RE: bbqme Aug 28, 2007 08:31 PM

                So, bbqme, what sort of dishes do you have in mind? I've had pork belly in restaurants before, but wouldn't know what to do with it at home.

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                  BryanZ RE: Tom from Raleigh Aug 28, 2007 08:41 PM

                  There's a wealth of things you can do. I like to braise pork belly in Dr. Pepper. I also do a five-spice braise. You can also slow-roast or cook it sous vide. Make a jus out of the cooking liquid, then plate with some sweet potato puree or foam.

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                    bbqme RE: Tom from Raleigh Aug 29, 2007 08:57 AM

                    Emril has a recipe on the Food Network's website I'd like to try. Also, I'm thinking that it would be good cut into cubes for like a casoulet.

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                      brokegradstudent RE: bbqme Aug 29, 2007 12:45 PM

                      I made the Tom Collichio recipe from the Chow recipes section ("braised fresh bacon") with a Cane Creek belly and it came out very well. There is something intrinsically pleasing about the crunchy-fatty-meaty-fatty-meaty in each bite.

                      I'm going to chop and fry the leftover belly to spike a simple risotto for dinner tonight

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