Asian meat tenderizer- where to find?
Hi all- Does anyone know where to find this asian meat tenderizer that looks like a torture device? A fork should work in theory, but they aren't sharp enough and really can't penetrate pork belly as well as these prongs/nails. I have searched everywhere- can anyone help? I am going to San Francisco next week and will be stopping into the Wok Shop to see if they have it, but wanted to have a back up plan, in case.
(As a side note, I'm also planning on getting a good cleaver and other things. What things can you not live without?)
You can try the Wokshop as you have mentioned, but also try any Chinese/Asian restaurant kitchen store.
A good cleaver, try "Chan Chi Kee" (CCK) cleaver -- do a google search on it The wokshop does not sell CCK, but several other stores in Chinatown do.
If you just want the tenderizer and don't care whether it's an attractive traditional-looking tool, just google 'jaccard.' These are widely available, reasonably cheap, and quick to use. You can get one from Amazon or most good kitchen supply shops.
I also like the CCK cleaver. You can get it from chefsknivestogo if you can't find one in Chinatown.
Keep in mind that some are made of stainless steel, but some aren't (not that there's anything wrong with that if that's what you're looking for).
Hi all! Just in case anyone was wondering about this wonderful, nifty gadget, I did find one at two places in San Francisco: Kamei Restaurant Supply and the Wok Shop. Both places only had a few and I was told (and have found) that these are extremely hard to find. It's the best way I've found to ensure that the pork belly skin is extra crispy and perfect. I'm sure that other gadgets work, as well, but this traditional one has been a trusty one.