Favorite Pork Belly dishes in Los Angeles?
What have I been missing my entire life?
A few years ago in Breaux Bridge, Louisiana, I discovered it was Cajun boudin...
A couple months ago at Trader Joe's it was Hendricks's Gin. Curiously I didn’t think I liked gin...
Then just last week I discovered what I’ve been missing out on is pork belly. I tried Wat Dong Moon Lek's pork belly (fried to a crunch) served with crispy spicy green beans. And last night Animal’s pork belly (braised) sliders-- perfect after a couple of Hendrick’s Martini’s.
Where else should I go for crunchy pork belly?
It seems you have a lot of options, although many are rec'ing places that have braised p.b. and I know you specified crunchy.
Today I had a Kurobuta Pork Belly Bahn Mi at the Mendocino Farms sandwich market in Marina Del Rey. It was delicious, if not authentic. But it was certainly crunchy - they braise it first then caramelize it, and chop it up. Placed on a panini grilled ciabatta. But they give you a choice of breads also.
The link is for one of their downtown restos, but you can get an idea of the menu.
300 S Grand Ave Ste Lp40, Los Angeles, CA 90071
My favorite pork belly is Musha, but it's the braised kind.
For crispy, I had some wonderful crisp porkbelly at Terroni
424 Wilshire Blvd, Santa Monica, CA 90401
7605 Beverly Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90036
I hear you, man. You can satisfy your crispy pork belly desires in various ways at the following establishments:
Hoy-Ka Noodle House
5401 Hollywood Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90027
Simple but excellent crispy pork belly dish. Similar to Wat Dong Moon's version, also Thai, but made with greens instead of beans.
Lazy Ox Canteen
241 S San Pedro
Los Angeles, CA 90012
Wonderful small plate offering. Also try the chicharron skewers and the pig’s trotter.
10100 Constellation Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA 90067
Crispy pork belly with huckleberry and a jalapeño vinaigrette. Delightful!
The Foundry on Melrose
7465 Melrose Ave.
Los Angeles, 90046
Usually on the Sunday menu. Call first. Outstanding!
3333 Bristol St
Costa Mesa, CA 92626
Usually on the menu. Available upon request. THE best preparation in SoCal, imho. Also check out the Crispy Pig Trotter Sausage with braised beluga lentils, ham hocks, agri-dulce vinegar jus, poached egg and a salade frisée. Phenomenal!
Have you tried Filipino cuisine? If not, as a pork lover, you certainly must!
Lechon kawali is the Filipino version of crispy pork belly. Absolutely delectable stuff, especially when just made. The best, imho, is from Magic Wok (below), however, I just had an excellent version yesterday from:
Greenhill’s Meat & Seafood Market
1241 Grand Ave
Diamond Bar, CA 91765
Primarily take-out. Menu changes daily. Great fresh meats and seafood as well.
Crispy pata is twice-fried pork knuckle that is sinfully crispy on the outside, tender and juicy inside. Best enjoyed hot, although it keeps well and some enjoy it cold. SoCal’s best can be found at:
The Magic Wok
11869 Artesia Blvd
Artesia, CA 90701
Another dish to try is the sisig; essentially crispy, deep-fried pork parts (head, liver) chopped-up and combined with vegetables. Great hot, but traditionally enjoyed cold. Possesses a slight tang from the spices and vinegar – fret not. Imagine hog’s head salad.
Last, but not least, Magic Wok also serves up a fantastic dinuguan, a rich stew made with pork blood and innards. It is typically served over or alongside rice. Imagine a red boudin gumbo. Yum!
Although I haven’t been there yet, I understand from a trusted source that Fiesta Sa Barrio puts out a truly great Crispy Pata as well. Definitely worth a try.
Fiesta Sa Barrio
4326 Eagle Rock Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90041
If you are going for Pork Belly, I recommend a place with pig in the name or a cute pig logo. Don Dae Gam has a cute logo of a pig's butt!
Had dinner at Don Dae Gam tonight and it was porkalicious. According to Food GPS, "Don means either “pork” or “money” in Korean. Dae Gam is loosely translated as a high-class person or government officer during an ancient Korean dynasty". As they said, "Dynastic Officer of Pork" is my kind of place.
The pork belly was very good as it is at Park's (they are owned by the same people). The panchan was good, but not as plentiful at Park's. Service was very good, but we were there early and got a lot of attention. I really wanted to get the Pork Belly with Baby Octopus, but we were too full and got the Soybean Paste soup (very tasty).
I also like Honey Pig too. Haven't been there in a bit, but it was tasty. They do the thing with the pork juice and kimchi fried rice. That is good stuff too.
I never ate that much pork until I married somebody from Vietnam. Now I am crazy for piggies. If I don't get Nem Nuong Spring Rolls once a week, I get cranky.
3400 W Eighth St, Los Angeles, CA 90010
Also at Animal, the pork belly Kimchi with peanuts, chili soy and scallion is freaking RIDICULOUS!! We have to have it everytime we go. God Help Us, when they decide to take it off the menu!!
Also, recently at Parks BBQ in K-Town, their seasoned pork belly ROCKED. My husband is a porketarian and he claimed it to be as close to heaven as, well, the Animal PB Kimchi, of course!!
Father's Office in Culver City served yesterday a fantastic "Braised Veronese Pancetta" ($16)
Unfortunately, they adamantly refused to provide any bread with it.
"That's the way He envisioned it" is all the guy at the counter would say.
Just to avoid any misunderstandings:
"He" referred to FO's owner Sang Yoon.
Capitalized in my transliteration to convey the speaker's intended mystical emphasis.
I hven't tried it yet so I don't know if it is crispy or not but I have heard a lot of good omments on the pork belly skewers at the Laurel Tavern. In fact I'm going next week just to try them. I've tried their marrow bones which were out of site but overlooked the porkbelly skewers.
11938 Ventura Blvd, Studio City, CA 91604