Best Pork Belly dish?
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.
424 Wilshire Blvd, Santa Monica, CA 90401
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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.
1018 Montana Ave, Santa Monica, CA 90403
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
15852 Pasadena Ave, Tustin, CA 92780
Pork belly barbecue at Ham Ji Park (and don't miss the pork neck and potato soup!!).
Ham Ji Park
4135 W Pico Blvd, Los Angeles, CA
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...