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Jun 15, 2012 10:57 AM

Pork Belly Mystery at Sichuan Gourmet Brookline

I've worked my way through most of the consistently tasty menu at Sichuan Gourmet, but there's one dish that I regularly see other people eating,and I can't identify it on the menu. It's some sort of a pork belly dish, but it's definitely not Sichuan Double Cooked Bacon. I thought it might be what is called Steamed Bacon with Fresh Garlic Sauce, but when I punch that into Google images along with the restaurant name, I get pictures of thin slices of rolled up pork belly. The folks I see eating it are always Chinese, so maybe it's something not on the menu that I'd have to ask for in Mandarin. Whatever you call it, it looks super fatty delicious. I'm taking my Dad there (who has no understanding of Chinese food beyond hot and sour soup) on Father's Day, and I'd like to give this dish a try. I'm sure this'll be old hat to somebody on the Boston board. Here's a pic I found:

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  1. It's called like "special steamed bacon" or something in Billerica and it's on a separate menu (weekends only or something?) They often seem to be out of stock if you go at a peak time... I bet if you ask for special steamed bacon in English they'll know what you want.

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    1. "House Special Steamed Fresh Bacon." Weekends only (which may include Friday.) It's completely unseasoned steamed pork belly served over a huge pile of Yibin 'pickle', which is actually a salted preserved vegetable. I found the 'fresh bacon' completely unmemorable and enjoyed the excess of Yibin pickle. The steamed bacon with fresh garlic sauce is much better IMO.

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      1. re: KWagle

        Hmm..The color sure had me thinking that it had some sort of sauce glazed onto it.

      2. what about pointing to the dish when you see it and saying "I want this!" ;-)

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        1. re: Scharn

          I've resorted to that technique, particularly when I've ended up in parts of Asia where no English is spoken, but I always feel super awkward doing it. Plus, I can't be positive that there'll be someone eating that particuar dish precisely when we're placing our order.

        2. Next time, ask for Kau Yuk -- pretty sure that's what you're looking for.

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            1. re: wolfe

              Maybe it's a versatile, multi-province kind of place. Who knows, might even have beef w/ broccoli on the menu.