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Mei Long Village's "pork pump"

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I've got a group of us heading over to Mei Long Village and we'd like to get the "pork pump" (that's what it's called, right?). How many does each order feed? Do I need to order it in advance?

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  1. The pork pump is big. Easily feeds four as a main entree between its size and its fatty richness. I could be wrong about this, but I think it's the entire picnic ham (i.e. the hog's upper arm). If I had to guesstimate, I'd say it starts off as a good 5 pound chunk of meat, fat, skin and bone.

    I've never pre-ordered, it seems they have them braising and waiting for you.

    1. You don't have to preorder, but it definitely helps as sometimes they run out.

      If you ONLY ordered the pork pump, it will probably easily feed 3 to 4 adults (that's including the gratis rice that you can wash it down with). But no one really orders just pork pump, that would be like making a meal out of just guanicale, or drinking nothing but port. Just too overwhelmingly rich.

      Lets say you go with a group of 4 or 6 people (or maybe 8 to fill out a nice round table with a lazy susan), most groups of that size that get the pork pump would also get other things such as the "nian gao", or maybe the Lion's Head meatballs, an order of XLB perhaps, and then maybe a vegetable dish like pea shoots or string beans.

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      1. re: ipsedixit

        We just went to MLV this past weekend. Great, great meal...

        My advice... Definitely order the pork pump in advance. There was one disappointed table next to us 'cuz they ran out of pork pump (and they didn't preorder...).

      2. IIRC, if you order in advance, they brine it for a couple of days ahead of time or something.

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        1. re: will47

          I have had that, it was much leaner that the standard...quite good.