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Where to find pork cheeks?

bellesup Nov 30, 2010 08:02 AM

I am dying to try cooking pork cheeks, and can't find them anywhere! Does anyone know where to find them?

Thank you!

  1. Zeldog Dec 2, 2010 05:08 PM

    You also can check Manilla Mart if there's one near you, but you can never be sure they will have them at a particular store. Same with Ranch 99. I've never seen them at their Daly City store.

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      jzc Dec 1, 2010 02:42 PM

      If you live in the City you can find in Chinatown on Stockton @ Jackson. One is Lien Hing and the other one is across the street on the corner. It's around $4/lb. If you want it already cooked, many of the Chinese delis that have roast pork and duck also have it. It's about $8/lb.

      I just boil and dip it in garlic soy sauce (Taiwan style).

      Lien Hing
      1112 Stockton St, San Francisco, CA

      1. chefj Dec 1, 2010 02:32 PM

        I would check with Mexican carnicerías.

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          nattofan Dec 1, 2010 01:42 PM

          You can buy pork cheeks at Ranch 99. I've bought some a few times this year at the one in San Jose. I haven't seen the last time I went though.

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          1. re: nattofan
            Gustavo Glenmorangie Dec 1, 2010 03:32 PM

            I bought one a couple of weeks ago at R99 in Richmond. Asked at the butcher counter at a time when they were butchering hogs.; Asked for pork cheeks and the guy behind the counter just looked at me like I was from Mars. When I patted my cheek, he got it. He dug into a cardboard box under the butchering table and pulled one out, cleaned it up a bit and sold it to me for an outrageously cheap price.

            It's curing as guanciale right now.

            I'd like to find a source from a higher quality, pastured, local, well educated, with all the privileges expected of an upper middle-class, professional, suburban hog, but I haven't found a source.

            1. re: Gustavo Glenmorangie
              wolfe Dec 1, 2010 03:54 PM

              Marin Sun Farms has pig jowls on their price list. I believe that is what you want.

              1. re: wolfe
                Gustavo Glenmorangie Dec 1, 2010 06:44 PM

                'Excellent. Thank you. I will say, however , that the MSF jowls are more than 5 times what I paid at R99. Figure a pig jowl weighs in at about a pound and a half or so. I paid less than two bucks for the whole thing. No surprise, all those upper middle class hog perks don't come cheap.

                Seriously, I expect to have my guanciale ready in another week (I'm using the Peter Reinhart recipe as an intro experiment in charcuterie). If it comes out as well as I hope, I'm eager to try another using higher-quality pork. I will definitely look into MSF.

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            celeryroot Nov 30, 2010 08:18 AM

            I got some at Drew*s about a year ago.... ordered ahead
            I think Lucy Pork on Mission would also have

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            1. re: celeryroot
              mrs bacon Nov 30, 2010 09:58 AM

              You could call the Fatted Calf's new retail store on Fell. I'll bet they could order you some.

              Fatted Calf
              320 Fell St, San Francisco, CA 94102

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