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Nov 8, 2008 10:49 AM

If you have to choose one and ONLY ONE, which will you choose? BEEF or PORK?

Hi chow friends,

Last night I was having dinners with my friends, and while we were choosing our entree dishes between a pork and a beef dish, the conversation somehow evolved to "if you can only eat either beef or pork for the rest of your life, which one will you pick?"

And, even till now, I found myself unable to pick one! I love beef and a good steak is such an indulgence, yet pork is so versatile and I can never bypass a dreamy dish of pork belly or bacon. So I found myself having tough time going one way or the other (completely opposite to my experience in the election early this week :P).

How about you? If you can only eat either beef (any parts of a cow) or pork (any parts of a pig) for the rest of your life, which one will you choose?

(let's assume there isn't any religious restriction or else the point is muted)

EDIT: This is added later. If you can also add why you pick one over the other, that will be great!

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  1. I would have to make my choice to be a Roast Suckling Baby Pig with Crispy Skin...Chinese Style

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    1. re: fourunder

      i adore beef, but, may my genetic heritage forgive, if i had to pick one, pork.
      apologies to my yiddishe momma

      1. re: thew

        I'm curious, thew. Did you, as did I, grow up in a household in which pork wasn't allowed across the threshold? I didn't taste ham until I was in my teens and didn't have a pork chop until I went away to college. And I've been making up for it ever since. When I get a new cookbook, I turn to the index and look up pork. Chops, ribs, belly, shoulder, even tails and feet. To say nothing of chiccharones! It would be a Solomonic decision, but I think I'd have to go with pork.

        I could still have lamb, couldn't I?

        1. re: JoanN

          no actually not. it was a pretty secular household, but my parents did come from eastern europe, so they grew up w/out it in their diet, and thus it didn't show up often in the house. not restricted,just not in the rotation.

        2. re: thew

          Although I share your genetic heritage, I was raised in a household where spare ribs, bacon and pork sausage were served. Ham? no. Pork chops, tenderloin or roasts? never.

          And as odd as it is, I won't serve those things in my home and I rarely order them out.

          It's an easy choice for me. As delicious as good pork is, I'd go with beef.

      2. If the pork came from the type of pig that was common 50 years ago, I'd choose pork.

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        1. re: grampart

          No contest. A hamburger every day for the rest of my life, with cheese of course.

          1. re: dolores

            YES! I don't really eat much beef or pork, but I would be sad to give up burgers for the rest of my life. That said, pork dumplings are one of my absolute favorites as well, but at least there are other yummy dumpling varieties so I could deal with giving it up.

          2. re: grampart

            Try the pork chop pictured on the left and this decision becomes much more difficult.

            1. re: grampart

              Same goes with a steak that looks like this!

          3. Definitely pork! Oh but dang, what about short ribs? Definitely beef! Could they create a hybrid???

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            1. re: c oliver

              Hi c oliver,

              See, this is the dilemma! I love pork belly, bacons, and Chinese style suckling pigs. And the cracklings! You can't really find the same thing (at least cook the same part in the same way) with a cow!

              But then, I have to part my way to a good beef burger? And a good dry aged steak? Not to mention, Japanese kobe beef? I don't know if I can!

              It's so much easier if it is chicken vs pork or chicken vs beef, because with the chicken these days I have my clear answer to not to pick chicken. But beef vs pork! That's tough!

              1. re: c oliver

                Maybe it could be called "Bork"!! Sounds better than "Peef"

                1. Bacon vs burgers?

                  Wow, that is a dilemma. But I have to go with pork. Bacon wins every time!

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                  1. re: dalaimama

                    mmm...bacon. I pick pork on bacon alone.

                    1. re: OCAnn

                      despite the fact that i woke up with an *insane* craving for bacon for breakfast this morning, my first instinct was to say beef because i eat it more frequently...and then i started thinking about all the dishes i love that are prepared with prosciutto or, the thought of life without bacon makes me sad.

                      oh, crap. why can't anyone ever post an EASY dilemma? ;)

                      1. re: goodhealthgourmet

                        I too eat beef more frequently than pork, but mmmm bacon....