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Cuban roast pork with crispy skin?

RacerX May 25, 2010 06:57 PM

While visiting Miami earlier this year, I sampled several Cuban eateries, but the dish that blew me away the most during my visit was a roast pork dish that came with some crispy skin attached. The skin was reminiscent of what you would find in a chinese roast pork.

Are there any cuban eateries that have something comparable? I know pork is big in Cuban cooking but I want the crispy skin as well and so far I haven't seen anything. Bonus points if its in the SFV.

I've been to Casa Don Rolondo in North Hills based on other board recs and they had a great arroz con pollo but no pork with crispy skin, and I've called El Ciroillo in Van Nuys and they said they didin't do it with the roast skin on.

TIA!

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    kanohli RE: RacerX May 26, 2010 02:07 PM

    Havanamania in the South Bay on Inglewood and Manhattan Beach Blvd.

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      wienermobile RE: kanohli May 26, 2010 02:11 PM

      I second Havana Mania.
      http://www.havanamania.com/

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      3615 Inglewood Ave, Redondo Beach, CA 90278

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        Tari RE: wienermobile May 27, 2010 06:21 PM

        I agree with Havania Mania, but go on Tuesday evening when they actually roast the pork. That is when you will get the pork skin

    2. Professor Salt RE: RacerX May 26, 2010 03:27 PM

      There's a Cuban cafe / bakery / restaurant across from my Torrance workplace that advertises a Cuban pig roast held one night a week. I blow Dodge before dinnertime, so I've never tried it.

      Call over and see if they're roasting a whole pig, skin on, or not.

      http://www.tropicubacafebakery.com/

      A few years ago, I went to a food & wine festival where Grace restaurant cooked up a whole pig in a Caja China. I don't know if Neil Fraser is doing that in the restaurant, but it might be worth a call.

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        whatsfordinner RE: RacerX May 26, 2010 05:41 PM

        A new Cuban restaurant is just about to open at the Lumberyard in Malibu. It may be worth a call to see if they have it. Unfortunately the name escapes me!

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          ozhead RE: whatsfordinner May 27, 2010 03:14 PM

          Habana? La Habana? something along those lines.

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          2930 Bristol St Ste A110, Costa Mesa, CA 92626

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            FranklinJefferson RE: ozhead May 27, 2010 04:27 PM

            Cafe Habana. And, according to another local Food site, only a limited menu at the moment (as well as limited lunch/dinner hours). Also, their website doesn't indicate the Caja Chinga style Pork, only the roast, pulled pork.

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          FranklinJefferson RE: RacerX May 28, 2010 03:17 PM

          After puzzling for a few hours, remembered J. Gold's 99 Before You Die review of Evas Lechon. Fillipino rather than Cuban, but roast pig with crackling skin nonetheless...

          1. Mr Taster RE: RacerX Jun 3, 2010 11:21 AM

            LA Weekly answered your question today...

            5 hour baked lechon at Havana Mania in Redondo Beach, and a Yucatecan version at Chichen Itza.

            http://blogs.laweekly.com/squidink/la...

            Mr Taster

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              Mattapoisett in LA RE: Mr Taster Jun 3, 2010 11:24 AM

              Also note that it was written by Fabulous Chowhound Poster and my lovely wife: Dommy!

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                Mr Taster RE: Mattapoisett in LA Jun 3, 2010 11:26 AM

                I see that now! Kudos to Dommy (and to you for recognizing her good taste!)

                Mr Taster

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                  exilekiss RE: Mattapoisett in LA Jun 3, 2010 05:08 PM

                  Awesome! :) Please pass on my congrats to Dommy. Great job.

              2. mucho gordo RE: RacerX Jun 3, 2010 12:56 PM

                Isn't Porto's in Glendale / Burbank Cuban? They have a pork sandwich that sounds fantastic but haven't tried yet. So far I've limited myself to a couple of their pastries and yummy potato balls.

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                  Motherhubbard RE: RacerX Jun 3, 2010 05:38 PM

                  La Terza on Third St near La Cienega used to do a pig one night a week. Don't know if they still do.

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                  8384 W 3rd St, Los Angeles, CA 90048

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                    Low Blood Sugar RE: RacerX Jun 9, 2010 02:53 AM

                    I would think that most Cuban restaurants will give you extra skin if you request it. I've done that when ordering carnitas at Mexican places. There's a bakery in Hawthorne called El Zorro. They do roast pork trays to-go around christmas time. There's a couple of square feet of crispy skin in there!

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