iso great pork belly - also looking to buy product in LA/ Orange county area- help
You can buy fresh pork belly or side pork at any Chinese or Korean markets here in LA in the butcher section. If you're looking for pork belly dishes, very few restaurants serve "kau yuk" or Chinese pot roast pork because it is what you would refer to it as "poor man's food". The old Cantonese places used to serve them but rarely now at the higher end restaurants. It's usually prepared with bean curd if you see it on menus.
We just saw Fresh Pork Belly at the Ranch Market on Lincoln in Altadena:
Farm Fresh Ranch Market
2260 Lincoln Ave
Altadena, CA 91001
This is a really nice store. Big and clean with a lot of intersesting meats and a nice produce selection. We also saw nice looking fresh octopus large and small as well.
The pork belly appetizer at Grace is amazing. If you are looking for a more casual place, Musha also has a pretty good pork belly dish on their menu.