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Where do I find pork belly?

nhb2009 Feb 12, 2009 10:26 AM

I am eager to try last week's NY Times Magazine recipe for Eggs in Purgatory this weekend.

I've now called every meat market that comes up for my side of town on Yelp, and they all claim that they don't carry the stuff. The few that would order it say that I'd need to get a whole slab and that it would take days to arrive.

Where does one get 8 ounces of the stuff?

One of the butchers suggested the Asian Market 99 Ranch, but said that he was only guessing. Can anyone maybe confirm that they have it or give me another good lead? (The problem is that the call to them was fruitless.)

  1. Bob Brooks Feb 12, 2009 11:32 AM

    99 Ranch has just about the best pork selection anywhere. They certainly carry pork butt.

    1. d
      Dutchvanobvious Feb 12, 2009 11:49 AM

      I was lead to HK Korean market by a poster on this board after he/she purchased some black pig belly there.

      also, Mitsuwa does carry the small portions you are looking for, though I have never specifically gone looking for pork belly there.

      Alexanders meats in SGV also offer high end pork, but frozen.

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      1. re: Dutchvanobvious
        Joe Blowe Feb 12, 2009 12:10 PM

        Mitsuwa does, in fact, carry Berkshire pork belly in small portions...

      2. j
        jkao1817 Feb 12, 2009 12:07 PM

        Are you looking for pork belly or pork butt???? whole or sliced?

        All 99 Ranch markets carry both products. In addition so does whole foods.

        What part of town are you in???

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        1. re: jkao1817
          nhb2009 Feb 12, 2009 12:42 PM

          I am now a little confused. For posterity sake, I called the Whole Foods in Glendale and was told that they do not carry it. Are you sure about the Whole Foods lead? I wonder if I should try other stores. I am in the 626 and have called around to the meat markets in the Pasadena-Glendale area. For instance the good folks at Alexanders told me unequivocally that they no longer carry it. But now you all taunt me with promises of selecting between Black Pig and Berkshire Pork Belly.

          I guess that I'll cross my fingers and then head off to 99 Ranch or Mitsuwa. Thanks for all of your help.

          1. re: nhb2009
            jkao1817 Feb 12, 2009 12:45 PM

            I bought soime on Sunday from the Whole foods on Foothill. The butcher said they just got a side and showed it to me and he cut it up for me. It was frozen.

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          ns1 Feb 12, 2009 12:17 PM

          GF got pork belly at an asian supermarket in the 626.

          In fact, we are braising it tonight.

          So, go look at the 626?

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          1. re: ns1
            jkao1817 Feb 12, 2009 12:42 PM

            got a recipe you can share????

            1. re: jkao1817
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            film_score Feb 12, 2009 02:32 PM

            I bought some pork belly in Thai Town the other day, here:


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              FED Feb 12, 2009 04:51 PM

              99 ranch for whole slabs of belly; mitsuwa/marukai for thinly sliced.

              1. h
                huaqiao Feb 13, 2009 12:37 PM

                Looks like you're in luck!

                I was at Mitsuwa for lunch today and one of their advertised specials this weekend is Berkshire pork belly roast for $4.99 a pound. I'm not sure what exactly makes it a roast. They were just packaged as one pound slabs of pork belly. Would probably work better for your recipe than the giant slabs they have at Ranch 99.

                I'm not sure if specials apply across all Mitsuwas or just the one I was at(Torrance), but it's a good bet other Mitsuwas will also have small amounts of pork belly that you're looking for.

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                  rinkatink888 Feb 13, 2009 01:17 PM

                  Also try Marukai (main location in Garden, corner of Western and Artesia). On ocassions, they will have slabs of pork belly. About a month ago, they had slabs of Kurobut pork belly and I purchased one, but couldn't find the time to make it. I'm thawing it out today and planning on makeing "Dongpo Rou" the recipe posted on this website.

                  1. b
                    Bert Feb 13, 2009 02:01 PM

                    yup, 99 ranch. slabs of it (they can cut it up for you, too).

                    1. j
                      jamiei Feb 13, 2009 03:47 PM

                      Seafood City in the Eagle Rock Mall usually has it.

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                      1. re: jamiei
                        shitzulvr Jul 12, 2009 03:03 AM

                        this is the second time i've seen this Seafood City offering pork or other meat products....maybe i'll give a try. What i'm really looking for is a source for Kurobota pork belly. My girlfrind and i tried this on our trip to Osaka; luckily her company paid the tab!

                        1. re: shitzulvr
                          bulavinaka Jul 12, 2009 07:46 AM

                          I've seen various Kurobuta pork products offered at Mitsuwa in Torrance. It doesn't seem consistant, though. I go there maybe once every two to three months, and there are times where I've seen some cuts while other times I've seen none. Please call before going...

                          Mitsuwa Marketplace
                          21515 Western Av, Torrance, CA 90501

                          1. re: bulavinaka
                            A5 KOBE Jul 12, 2009 10:22 AM

                            Most larger Marukai markets and Mitsuwa markets have it. It comes pre-sliced already and is probably the freshest in terms of quality.

                            They definitely have it at the Marukai in gardena and pretty much any H-mart as well.

                            1. re: A5 KOBE
                              Das Ubergeek Jul 12, 2009 02:56 PM

                              I buy mine at H-Mart in Irvine. For Tokyo X pork belly I go to Mitsuwa in Costa Mesa -- after I call ahead.

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                        trimtab Jul 12, 2009 11:04 AM

                        I was just in Lotte Market at 2135 Foothill Blvd in La Canada and this wonderful Korean market has it all. Pork belly sliced (very thick bacon) and unsliced by the pound. You also won't find fresher produce anywhere except perhaps at farmers markets.

                        1. MikeLee Jul 12, 2009 05:06 PM

                          Pork Belly is the money cut for Chinese, Koreans and Japanese. Go into any market that caters to them and you will find it!

                          1. Akitist Jul 12, 2009 08:12 PM

                            I've seen it in the Assi (sp?) market on 8th just east of Western, north side of the street, in K-Town. Most likely not kurobuta, but pigs is pigs.

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