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May 14, 2011 02:13 PM

Ultimate LA Pork Dish

My vote goes to the newly discovered crispy pata at Magic Wok in Artesia.

An order comes with 2 pieces of fried pork shank. Every bit of the outside skin was perfectly crisp and delicious; the rich meat inside so rich and tender that I was immediately struck dumb with a fierce bout of amnesia. I could not for the life of me remember another pork dish as good as this. It wasn't until 15 minutes later that the pork pump at MLV even came to mind. Not even close. The roast suckling pig at Ibu Oka in Ubud? The masitas de puerco at Puerto Sagua in Miami? The pig foot milanese at Babbo NYC? All very good. But this may take the crown.

Help me jog my memory. Anything in LA come close to the crispy pata at Magic Wok?

Below, photo of said crispy pata courtesy of Yelp.

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    Magic Wok
    11869 Artesia Blvd, Artesia, CA 90701

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    1. re: Porthos

      For me, I go for the sisig at MW. Huge pork chunks with crispy skin. Matched with the garlic fried rice=heaven.

      1. re: pharmnerd

        As I understand it, sisig is the the face parts chopped up, fried, and is usually served on a sizzling platter. I know the MW version isn't served on a sizzling platter. How does it compare with other versions you've tried? I will probably order it when I return this my own little pork 3 ways menu (pata, sisig, adobo)

        1. re: Porthos

          Pretty sure it's mainly chunks of pork belly. My coworker calls it Americanized sisig, that is without the "gross parts" of the pig, as she called it. I usually order it to go, so don't know if it's served on sizzling platter. I preferred over Pinoy Grill's in La Palma, but I'm no expert.

    2. I love both Gjelina's Crispy Niman Ranch Pork Belly with Soft Polenta, Bitter Greens & Apple Cider and Animal's barbeque pork belly sandwiches.

      435 N Fairfax Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90036

      1429 Abbot Kinney Blvd, Venice, CA 90291

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      1. re: wienermobile

        I also love Animal's bbq pork belly sandwiches. I will like to add to the list, the steamed pork shank at Lake Spring, not the braised one, the steamed one without sauce. And the pork neck meat bbq at Soowon Galbi.

        1. re: tissue

          I'll gladly add (and eat) the braised pork shank in tomatillo sauce at Enrique's in Long Beach.

          6210 E Pacific Coast Hwy, Long Beach, CA 90803

      2. For me, the best would probably be the pork ragu served over the Parmigiano souffle as part of the Saturday night Pig Dinner at Mozza's Scuolo--the rest of the porcine preparations, especially the charcuterie, were none too shabby either! It was not a surprise that Chef Colby won L.A.'s Cochon 555.

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        1. re: New Trial

          The pork bolognese and parmigiano souffle was also my favorite dish...prior to eating every bit of the crispy skin on the pata.

          1. Pork Belly with Kimchi and Spicy Peanuts at Animal.

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