Snake River Farms Kurobuta ham in the LA area?
I bought one last year at Taylor's Meats in Sierra Madre. It was good but not nearly as good as a Kurobuta rack of rib chops, for example, simply roasted with salt and fresh sage. It was also not as delicious as my favorite country hams or great sweet hams. Maybe I got a bad one, but my Kurobuta ham was unpleasantly dense, a bit heavy on the tongue, and not smooth and Uncle Shucks.
It took a tear to type, ns1, and -- as I said -- I'm willing to consider the possibility that I got an old, worn-down, even pre-owned ham. ;-) These are very expensive items and probably don't move out of the store as fast as, say, chemically enhanced canned hams from Hormel, e.g. They're also too expensive to experiment with, but since other SRF Kurobuta pork products are truly excellent, I'm thinking about trying again after investigating whether I need to bake them differently.
Hold it. I just remembered. I've had SRF ham slices on a couple of occasions for breakfast -- light pan frying in a cast-iron skillet, made red-eye from the leavings -- and those, too, were fine but nothing special. Not succulent, as sweet ham should be, and not nearly as good as the bitter, salty, tough, fabulous country-ham slices that I get from Virginia, Carolina, and other ham-mad locales.
Here's a constructive suggestion: Try the SRF slices before plunking down beaucoup bucks for a large ham.
A few locations are provided below for you to try. Additional ones can be found on the SRF website by clicking 'find us" on the menu bar. Click on the interactive map and scroll down to Grocery Retailers.
Vicente Foods (310) 472-5212
12027 San Vicente
Brentwood CA 90049
Bristol Farms: Westwood (310) 481-0100
1515 Westwood Blvd
Los Angeles CA 90024
Bristol Farms: Hollywood (323) 874-6301
7880 W Sunset Blvd
Los Angeles CA 90046
Bristol Farms: South Pasadena
606 Fair Oaks Ave
South Pasadena CA 91030
Bristol Farms: Beverly and Doheny (310) 248-2804
9039 Beverly Blvd
West Hollywood CA 90048
Bristol Farms: Westchester (310) 410-0593
8448 Lincoln Blvd
Westchester CA 900745