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Friend is trying pig for the first time...

and I'm in charge of preparing his introduction to it. If you were trying it for the first time, what would you want? Iberico? Pulled pork? Pork belly? I want to provide as much breadth as possible and I'm more willing to opt for ideas that require minimal preparation.

If you're up for an even greater challenge: the other part of the deal was that I need to pair it with sake. Any ideas there?

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  1. Ramen soup with a few slices of the best Chinese roast pork you can find in your area--should work okay with sake, and it is an easy to love preparation for pork.

    1. Bacon, pork chops, ham -- I stopped eating meat at age 13, back in the Dark Ages, & I still find them tempting. Especially bacon. Please, scientists, grow me some pork in a test tube ... .

      There's also the forbidden fruit aspect, if your friend has not tried pig before b/c it was taboo for religious or cultural regions. A Muslim friend who grew up in Pakistan said that a Christian classmate in high school (this was some decades ago, when the minority communities were larger) went hunting & shot a wild boar; his mother cooked it & quite a number of classmates, mostly Muslim, including my friend, snuck over to see what it was all about. He said it was the most delicious thing he ever ate in his life, mostly b/c he felt so wicked doing it. When he came to the US & pork was available everywhere, he never bothered to eat it again.

      Now I wonder what would have happened if he'd had alcohol too!

      Seriously, though, bacon, or better yet Canadian bacon, since the fattiness of pork turns some people off (hey, I may not eat it but I still cook it & I know what is never left over). Then 'cue. Then ham. Then plainer porky things (very garlicky roast pork, maybe?).

      As for the sake, does he drink alcohol at all, & if so, does he prefer sweeter or drier wines/cocktails?

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      1. re: mshenna

        He's a muslim that grew up not eating pork, stopped practicing his religion, and just hasn't done it because that's the way things happened to have worked out.
        As for the alcohol question, if I had to guess, I'd say err on the side of dryness.

      2. Just bacon.

        If the tastes follows that, go for more expansive stuff. But for such a huge first timer...if bacon ain;t gonna do it no pork will.

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        1. re: Quine

          Isn't that the truth! Get some really good bacon and have a mimosa on standby.

          1. re: Vetter

            I guess I have to say it but why go "whole hog" when you are not sure the person will tolerate the finest best pork there is: bacon?

            1. re: Quine

              Give him a good "ribbing", but spare it.

              1. re: Passadumkeg

                Yeah, but they ain;t gonna pass the bacon test....save the ribs for folks who know that you don;t use a knife and fork...but finger licking!

                1. re: Quine

                  A good hunk of fresh pork kolbasa w/ fresh horseradish; the sashimi of the Slavic world.

        2. If you're looking for good pork recipes to feed a first timer, I say go with a plate of pork jagerschnitzel wcabbage and spaetzle.

          Or if you're sticking with the saki, go with some Pork Tonkatsu.

          1. Does he enjoy spicy food? Spicy pork or pork belly cooked korean style. There will not be any dryness issues and excellent with sake. Should be an easy delicious introduction but don't make it too spicy and mask all the porkiness.