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Apr 12, 2008 01:05 PM

Report: Roast pig at Boucherie Capitol

So I'm wandering through Jean-Talon Market, and I head into Boucherie Capitol for some "shar-koo-tuh-ree". I decide to pick up some sausages for a pasta, when I see a gigantic roast pig sitting on the counter! Skin and all. The kind man behind the counter offers me a piece to try. It is delicious! Mild porky flavour, ham-like, but meatier and less salty than ham. It is tender and moist, with a mild fennel taste. We had it for lunch cold, with a nice whole-seed mustard, an interesting lemon ginger zucchini marmalade, olives and some cocktail tomatoes. We got three thick slices for $20, and we only managed to eat one for lunch, so it isn't badly priced. And it is very fun to watch the man pick up the whole thing and throw it around the counter. If you like pork and you are nearby, check it out!

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  1. Porchetta? Big rolled pork (nearly 10 inches across) with spices and herbs between the pieces of pork. And garlic of course.

    1. Howdy!

      When we were there on Sunday afternoon there wasn't much pig left...

      1. Ah, the porchetta at Capitol. Looks great huh?!? Usually is great... but buyer beware. If you get there when it has been sitting for a weekend, you will end up with some very expensive spoiled meat....

        I had the misfortune of buying a half kilo and opening the package at home the next day to some very rancid meat.

        I wish they would put that sucker in a fridge. Yes it is big, but then again, there is no excuse for not refrigerating uncured meat.

        Either heat it or cool it, but room temperature will not do if it is out for a whole weekend.

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        1. re: fedelst1

          Yes I guess it is porchetta, I'm so used to just seeing the prepackaged stuff or seeing much smaller pieces.

          Fedelst1: they are quite generous about letting you try it before you buy it. If you are concerned about it being older, ask for a piece.

          We bought ours early Saturday morning, and the pig was almost completely whole, so I know it was pretty fresh. And it was heavenly! Way better than any regular porchetta I've bought. And it is fun to see the whole pig like that.

          1. re: moh

            Had I known I would have asked. Having experienced a peaked pork, I will be certain to do so next time.

        2. When will they next do the roast pig I wonder?

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          1. re: BLM

            When I asked, they said they often had it, but I must admit I've never noticed it before. Best to call ahead and check if they have it before making a special trip.