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Jan 6, 2009 10:03 AM

Looking for pigs brains in NYC

i live in brooklyn, but i spent a year living in sichuan province in china. i'm trying to make my own hot pot, and one of my favorite ingredients to cook was pigs brain. this freaks a lot of westerners out, but it is truly delicious, and seems impossible to find in NYC. does anyone know where i may be able to purchase my own fresh pigs brains?

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  1. >>Deluxe Food Market at 79 Elizabeth St. in Chinatown. This is an amazing market. Down the long right side is prepared foods that you can buy by the plate or the pound. Down the left is every imaginable fresh meat, poultry and fish --- and every single part of it. And the middle is dried and frozen things. I bought baby octopus there which was so fun. Even if you don't buy anthing, it's great to just gawk :) >>

    I just posted this in regard to a totally different question. I know they have brains and I'm guessing pig. They have uteri and ALL parts of ALL animals - as far as I can tell. If you speak Chinese, you could probably call but a trip there is a wondroous thing )

    1. Id check out the big stores in the sunset park Chinatown

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      1. re: jen kalb

        Jen, I know this is off topic - sort of - but what and where are the big stores in SP? Much easier for me to cycle there than hit Manhattan for lemongrass, thai chilis etc. Thanks.

        1. re: Dalglish

          Try Hong Kong Supermarket, 8th Ave. and 60th, a fully stocked Chinese supermarket, complete with shopping carts. Produce isn't as great as the smaller stores along 8th Ave. (starting around 50th-52nd), but they have everything else, including a full butcher and seafood counter.

          1. re: Amy Mintzer

            I agree that Hong Kong is worth a try - there are some smaller stores on 8th (mostly on the E. side of the street) north of Hong Kong which also have good butchers. The other large grocery store in the vicinity is Great Wall on Ft. Ham Parkway at around 68th Street - I havent checked their meats, but its generally a clean, busy market, with excellent produce and parking (relevant to me) - its also convenient to Three Guys, one of the top produce stands in Brooklyn.

      2. Following along this question: I don't have access to Chinatown--are there any Brooklyn butchers in non-Chinese nabes that carry fresh offal? I ask because there's a recipe in the current Saveur 100 issue for a salad made of pigs' ears and God help me, I'd like to get me some. I'm afraid of the response if I call a lot of butchers and say, do you have pigs' ears... (Saveur says snouts are optional in the salad... a bistro cookbook I have says that tails are also common mixed with ears and snouts in regional French restaurants...)

        I used the word offal in the original post but I suspect these parts are not offal, which is organ meats, no?

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        1. re: Laddie Din

          try marlow and daughters, the new butcher shop on broadway in williamsburg. they definitely have tails/ears/etc.

        2. I bought fresh brains from a meat market along Brighton Beach Ave. just a few weeks ago. I'm so sorry I don't have a precise address, but it's one of the two newly opened meat-markets around BB 3 or 4? One clue would be that they have a small sushi counter right by the entrance/registers.

          @Laddie Din - there's a Chinatown in Brooklyn, chances are you'll find pork ears and tails there. I just saw them today in Flushing C-town. Snout is really hard to come by.

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          1. re: RedVelvet

            I found pork ears and tails in local supermarkets. Years ago, I could also find brains in the supermarkets but I don't know if they still have brains now.

          2. Bet you could get them at the just opened Marlow & Daughters, 75 Broadway, Williamsburg