Where can I buy pork belly in SF?
We're here for a week and always try to pick up food things that we can't get easily at Lake Tahoe where we live. I've not cooked pork belly yet but certainly enjoy eating it. I know the Manhattan board talks about buying it in Chinatown. Does anyone have sources for it? Is there any reason I can't separate it into small portions and freeze? Thanks all.
One convenient place is Nijiya in Japantown. I saw some nice pork belly at the San Mateo branch yesterday.
1737 Post St, San Francisco, CA 94115
Pork belly freezes quite well. You can find it at any butcher in Chinatown, for such a low price you won't care if you don't quite get it right the first time.
If you want a high quality or smaller portion you can go to Nijiya or one of the fancier butchers (Golden Gate Meat Company, Drewe's Bros). I'm 99% sure they all carry it. Even Molly Stones and Whole Foods probably do.
Any Mexican or Asian meat market. Lucky Pork in the Mission.
Lucky Pork Store
2659 Mission St, San Francisco, CA
I buy it frequently in Oakland Chinatown. It's inexpensive - I think in the $2/lb range (perhaps cheaper). At the market where I mainly shop for staples (Orient mkt on 7th) they have all the meats packaged in typical supermarket style - it is labeled "side pork". It has no seasoning or anything - it's just another pack of pink meat.
Note that there is a completely separate product, prepared pork belly, sold in packages of a couple of strips. It is marinated, but still requires cooking. I usually find it near the Chinese sausage, selling for $5-8/lb.
I'm sure you can get it from Avedano's who'll source it locally. Call ahead since it might be a special order item.
235 Cortland Ave, San Francisco, CA 94110