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  1. The roasted pork at Ho Ho is pretty damn good although I don't think they use that preparation.

    1. nowhere in Austin even though its in every restaurant in Shanghai . This is really more of a home cooking dish, sort of the Chinese equivalent of meatloaf.

      There are regional differences where the Shanghainese version will be more sweet and the Hunan version (Mao's favorite dish) will be more spicy and less sweet.

      The general idea is the same though.

      That recipe looks fine and I would just follow that.

      There is a variation where you add the jarred red fermented bean curd in along with the sauce.

      I would buy the pork belly from whole foods. Its better quality pork than what you get from MT. The only downside is that the whole foods pork belly already has the skin removed but for those who are new to braised pork skin, that might not be such a negative.

      If you are ambitious, you can always try to make the pork pyramid

      http://www.sugarednspiced.com/xindalu...

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      1. re: lixlix

        Thanks for the info lixlix. I think if I had been at that tasting from your link, I would have just died right there on the spot. Maybe from the duck and mushroom salad alone.

          1. re: Kris in Beijing

            Yes! That's why I asked the question on the Austin Board. Maybe I'll just have to make it. On a Saturday, of course.

      2. It's sometimes on the menu at Casa Sqwertz:

        http://www.flickr.com/photos/sqwertz/...

        But the price of pork belly practically doubled in the last couple years so it's not that often.

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        1. re: sqwertz

          I think that i need to go to Casa Sqwertz. I think that it is near Casa De Luz - I checked at the latter, and they don't have pork belly. Anyhow,

          Short ribs, pork belly, and crawfish (sorry sqwertz, crayfish) prices have been getting me down. Meat in general seems to have gone up a bit in the last year or so. I'll bring a $20, though, and we can do it up Ming/Pepin style.

          1. re: rudeboy

            We should have a Austin Chowhound Potluck for our next gettogether

            1. re: lixlix

              Sounds good to me. I love a good potluck. There's so many of you all that I haven't yet met.

            1. re: slowcoooked

              he also posts drool-worthy pics of lamb bacon sometimes!

              1. re: dinaofdoom

                Drooling right now just on the memory of those pix.

          2. I noticed last night that Buffet Palace has cold braised pork belly on the buffet. But it's not red cooked, just plain. They do offer hoisin sauce though - to give it that semi red-cooked flavor. I pigged out on quite a bit of it <oink>. So simple yet so luscious.

            I don't care what y'all say about Buffet Palace, they do a variety of dishes pretty well (usually). I really dig the kalbi and the little coarse ground beef bulgogi patties, amongst other things.

             
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            1. re: sqwertz

              That looks good, and thanks for the tip. And don't be ashamed at what others say, if you like it. I was talking to a guy about a Thai place, and he said that he didn't like it. I asked "what did you order?" His reply: "General Tso's Chicken." I said, "that's Chinese." "Oh."

              I wouldn't drive across town for it, but for the lunch crew, I even liked Thomas Super Buffet in the Fry's parking lot. Talk about derision! Maybe there were a lot of bad things there, but there were enough dishes where you could fill up on some good food. I always saw asian people there, but then again, you always see white people at Cracker Barrel for some reason. I guess that means it is good, if Americans are eating there.

              I want that damn strawberry margarita to the right. I'm hot and tired and thirsty. Not sure if you all see it as well.

              1. re: rudeboy

                Most buffets are always their best right after they open, then they start to go downhill. I certainly proved that at Thomas Buffet Rutland/Lamar. But Buffet Palace Westgate has maintained it's consistency fairly well. My biggest gripe is the noise. The sound in there is magnified 10X.

                1. re: sqwertz

                  Yeah, we would try to get there at 11:30 at the very latest to get the sushi and other key items.

                2. re: rudeboy

                  have you guys hit sea dragon's buffet? as buffets go I think it's pretty solid. It's just so close to my house we've been for ages a couple times a month and have never had any "issues". For comparison, my work buddy and I hit China Harbor because Asiana was closed and ended up laid extraordinarily low for a couple few days from their ribs. gross. So I'm always both excited by and fearful of buffets. Speaking of SeaDragon, Amysuehere wants to hit it up for lunch (read on another thread) and order some menu items to share. I'm game anytime. their combo fried rice stick, double lobster in black peppercorn sauce, and whole fried catfish, among several other great dishes are very good.

                  1. re: slowcoooked

                    I can go. Just let me know when. My former lunch crew used to order three plates for four people to cut costs. They give you a lot of rice.

                    I haven't even looked at their buffet in years, because it all seemed chinese to me. I'd end up eating a bunch of chicken wings, spring rolls, and hot and sour. Maybe they've added more viet?

                    1. re: rudeboy

                      speaking of possible lunches, you've been to melvin's already, right RB?

                      1. re: slowcoooked

                        sigh......wanted to go in May (record setting coolest May in Austin, I think), but thought Id rather wait for it to get piping hot outside. Looks like there's some trees, though.

              2. Speaking of pork belly available at lunch, have you guys tried out the pork belly steamed buns at Pho Thaison on Anderson?

                I think they are a pretty good deal at 2 for $6 .

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                1. re: lixlix

                  No, but I might hit that up. I went there a coupe of times when they first opened and haven't been back. No particular reason, because I enjoyed it.......

                  1. re: lixlix

                    I looked at their menu online and did not see the buns. Is it a "chalkboard item"? I've had their Pho and thought it was pretty good. I had a bad cold at the time so my taste buds were a bit off. I don't eat Vietnamese enough. Don't know why. Maybe because I crave Mexican and don't live in N. Austin.
                    Xian Noodles and Sushi near HEB Mueller makes a good pork belly ramen at a reasonable price.

                    1. re: crippstom

                      http://phothaisonaustin.com/

                      under the appetizer tab

                      Their version is really more Chinese than Vietnamese.

                      1. re: lixlix

                        Thanks lixlix. I didn't know how to navigate their menu. I also think the one I pulled up had a different fomat.