Best Pork Belly dish?
- hyacinthgirl Jan 26, 2009 12:35 PM
My SO and I have been going out more, and I noticed a new trend of his to order the pork belly item on every menu that has it. (the last three were AOC, Palate and Laurel Tavern).
I promised to take him out next week and, noticing his recent obsession, I'd love to take him to a place with the best pork belly dish.
So, where do you love? Where have you had the best pork belly?
I don't know about the best, but I think the Japanese do pork belly quite well. Depending on what's closer for you, you could probably either do Musha, Izakaya Bincho, or Izayoi.
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I agree with the Japanese version - look for buta no kakuni at your favorite izakaya. I frequent Honda Ya in Tustin, but Shin Sen Gumi in Fountain Valley is pretty dope too.
Also have had a great version at Father's Office. It was a special on their menu the time I had it.
The Mexican fried pork belly is pretty great when done well. Not so much when some hack is working the fryer. Fried with the skin on, it's called chicharron carnudo. I like the version at El Toro Bravo in Costa Mesa, or Taqueria El Chilito in Tustin.
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Shin Sen Gumi Hakata Ramen
18315 Brookhurst St, Fountain Valley, CA 92708
El Toro Bravo Tortilleria
739 W 19th St, Costa Mesa, CA 92627
Honda Ya Japanese Restaurant
556 El Camino Real, Tustin, CA 92780
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Pork belly barbecue at Ham Ji Park (and don't miss the pork neck and potato soup!!).
Ham Ji Park
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My most memorable pork belly dish right now is brunch at Joe's, pork belly confit with sunny side-up eggs, brioche toast, tomato-bacon jam and avocado mousse.
However, I noticed that one brunch menu had this dish and another one that didn't so not sure if they're rotating it in or out. Best to call & check if you want to be sure.
My Joe's blogpost: http://la-oc-foodie.blogspot.com/2008...
I actually really enjoy the pork belly at Nook Bistro. It's not that the pork belly itself is that phenomenal, but the green tomatillo sauce that makes it special for me.
I second the vote for Izakaya Bincho. Their Buta no Kakuni (Stewed Pork Belly) is amazing. :) You might also consider Shin Okinawa Izakaya's Rafutei (Okinawan version of the Stewed Pork Belly) in Torrance, CA.
I like the crispy pork belly with chili garlic scallion at sapp's coffee shop on hollywood just west of normandie. very casual thai restaurant that serves nice thai iced coffee w shaved ice. super crispy almost pork rind in part, but meaty too and great sauce. not your average pork stirfry. very reasonable maybe 8 bucks, and other good stuff there.
The PB at Gordon Ramsays was where I had the first epiphany.
You MUST try it at:
Mendocino Farms - Pork Belly Sandwich (Located in the Wells Fargo Tower) EPIC
Daikokuya Ramen - They have a great pork belly bowl. The Gyoza are must have as well.
I've been looking for more places that have it ever since! I will have to try some of these places mentioned.
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My favorite places for this style of ramen - kyushu ramen, are:
Daikokuya, as you mentioned.
Santouka Ramen, in the Venice and the Torrance Mitsuwa Marketplaces.
Hakata Ramen Shin-Sen Gumi.
The popular favorite is Daikokuya, my favorite is Santouku for sheer porkiness. All have good porkbelly.
Spicy pork ramen place Orochan - not a kyushu style place, a Tokyo-style ramen place - has really nice pork belly add-in, also.
These responses are all Awesome!
Thank you so much... I'm now thinking this won't just be a one night, but we're going to have to make the month of February "Pork Belly Month."
First on the list, I'll be making a reservation at Animal!
If you're in ever Studio City you should stop in at the Laurel Tavern and have a Craftsman brew and their pork belly skewers. Fantastic. Not a full meal, though, it's just a tease!
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i will second that Park's BBQ rec. oh, is it good. also, i think the bbq at Park's is overall the best Korean bbq i've tried thus far in L.A. And definitely the best panchan I've extract ever had at *any* Korean restaurant in L.A. (Although, actually, I should make a disclaimer: the very first korean i tried was Yong Susan, in 2002, which usually gets high marks from hounds. But because it was my first experience, i actually remember little about it except that it was all new and strange to me.)
I too have had a recent obsession with the belly. I almost have to order it everywhere that has it. I love the park's tokyo x if you really want to taste it in it's purest form. If you're gonna do it with kimchi, you might as well do it with real kimchi at Kobawoo not Animal. But the best one that I've had so far may have been the one you had at AOC.
As far as Santouka goes, they have one killer shio ramen, that's for sure! I had always been a fan of shoyu ramen but never quite took to shio ramen much for some reason. I now believe that reason could be the fact that I hadn't had Santouka's.
Topped with the most tender and fatty (which is a good thing) pieces of pork, this shio ramen is one delectable dish. The pork literally melts in your mouth along with the other morsels of goodness that bathe in the tasty soup. This place is great!