Yearning for English 'bone-in' ham
- Charles Yu Nov 4, 2010 09:11 PM
Years ago, whilst living in the UK, I have grown to love their 'corn meal coated bone-in' hams Specifically, the York or the Shropshire Gold. Moist, mild & sweet and chewy, they are great eaten alone or for making sandwiches. The latter with some hot English mustard and sandwich spread! So yummy! In London, where I worked, deli/sandwich stores usually have them on a rack, to be carved by hand when ordered. Great luncheon sandwiches!
Any fellow chowhounders happen to come across this delicacy in Toronto?! ( Love to buy the real thing but I'm willing to settle for a Canadian clone! ). I have tried looking for them in St. Lawrence market, but in vain! May be some 'Artisan' butcher in the Niagara area or elsewhere make them??!! Anyone has any idea or information??!! I'm even willing to drive to Buffalo for some!!
Thanks in advance!
Don't know how english it is but oddly enough Loblaws at Victoria Park (on relatively rare occasions) does sell bone-in ham. I suspect it isn't as artisan as what you were enjoying but still way better than the spiral cut or basic hams that people keep selling.
Good luck in the quest, finding it this time of year is hard! Try calling a smaller butcher (maybe Oliffes? or Whitehouse?) and see if you can order one.
Victoria Park Restaurant
335 Durham Market St N, Kincardine, ON N2Z1Z4, CA
re: Charles Yu
Generally they are. Most folks trying to recreate that feeling will then either simmer, smoke or roast the ham with their particular blend of spices and coatings to recreate their UK experiences. I use the Loblaws generic ones from time to time. With cloves stubbed in, as well as a peameal and mustard crust, it comes fairly close to the one I had at a small country house hotel in Wales on Sunday lunches where I did a degree.