Where to find slab pork belly
- grandgourmand Jan 22, 2009 12:38 PM
I'm going to try and make some pancetta or bacon (once I get a smoker and when it's nicer outside). I've seen T&T sell pork belly, but it's in cubes. Does anyone know if they sell it in slabs as well? Or can you suggest somewhere else that does?
Lucky Moose on Dundas, east of Spadina, usually has it. I've also seen heritage breed bellies at Fiesta Farms, although not in the majestically massive pieces you find in Chinatown. They also looked like they could use a once-over with a Lady Remington. Not a big deal, but it might require a little extra attention if you've got anyone at the table who freaks out over a bit of hair.
I get mine at Soon Lee, Markham and Lawrence, for $1.80 /lb. Easy parking, and lots of good poultry, pork and beef cut fresh while you wait. There are are always ten slabs of rich looking pork belies ready.
629 Markham Rd, Toronto, ON M1J, CA
No idea where you're located but really, any butcher, Vince Gasparro's on Bloor and Shaw is my favourite. Also the Healthy Butcher always has it on hand, it's four times the price but twenty times better.
Don't know how things work for you guys up in Canada, but here in my little corner of Texas, Asian markets are ALWAYS the best place to buy pork belly. Cheaper, fresher, no minimum purchase, and you can buy as little or as much as you like. But in some Asian markets around here where English isn't all that common, they may call pork belly "bacon," even though it is uncured. Good luck!