Why not a vodka-rose hip tea cocktail with your fava bean crostini, or gin and rhubarb syrup with your pork belly
? Absinthe ($$$; 415/551-1590), Bong Su ($$$$; 415/536-5800), and Coco500 (closed Sun; $$; 415/543-2222) all do cocktail and food pairings on request.
To make a grilled pork chop with braised pork belly
and cassoulet of chorizo sausage for six guests you will need: 700g (1 1/2 llb) pork belly
with the skin scored with a sharp knife, 7g ( 1/4 oz) coarse sea salt, 250g (9oz) dried haricot beans, one bouquet garni (fresh thyme, rosemary and sage), one large onion, sliced, one medium carrot, halved, one small chorizo sausage or a 170g (6oz) piece, olive oil for frying, one medium onion, diced, two celery sticks, finely sliced, one bulb of garlic cloves, separated and peeled, 100g (3 1/2 oz) tomato passata, a good pinch of paprika, salt and pepper and six pork chops weighing approximately 170g (6oz) each.
This is an idea I stole from Gary Rhodes, because he has a brilliant recipe for pork belly
and black pudding patties, but I prefer them more burger like so I like to make them larger.
Along with these dishes, they also serve their newest barbecued meat selection-which includes Soy Chicken, Roasted Pork Belly
, and Roasted BBQ Pork
Premium meats and seafood, including Steaks, Angus Beef, Pork Belly
flavour, Shrimps, and Calamari - best paired with bottomless wine!
THE FOOD Obviously we ordered the pork belly
bites (PS4.75) and they were, unsurprisingly, delicious.
While this wasn't as dreamy as the pork belly
, the pate portion was plentiful, smooth and meaty and had a real kick thanks to the chilli, and that made the dish for me, especially when you slather it in chutney too.
Take the pork belly
, sprinkle generously with salt and pepper, drizzle with olive oil and rub in.
In the first, young cutters will be given a whole top rump of Welsh Beef, a shoulder of PGI Welsh Lamb, a whole pork belly
and a whole chicken.
Ingredients (Serves 5-6) 1kg pork belly
, ribs removed 3 thyme sprigs, leaves only 1 rosemary sprig, leaves chopped Olive oil, for cooking 1 small onion, roughly chopped 1 carrot, roughly chopped 2 celery stalks, roughly chopped 3L chicken stock 3 fresh or dried bay leaves 3 rosemary sprigs 5 thyme sprigs 1tsp peppercorns 2tbsp butter Sea salt and ground black pepper Seasonal vegetables, to serve For the Black Apple Butter: 500g Granny Smith apples, peeled, cored and chopped 150ml cider 100g black treacle 50g demerara sugar 2tsp mixed spice Juice of 1 lemon Method 1 Place ingredients in a large pan and stew until apples are broken down.
Other dishes on the menu include Tokyo Ramen with soy marinated pork belly
and chicken; Shimeji, Shiitake & Miso Ramen, as well as handmade Gyozo - Chinese dumplings with various fillings.
Stephen's favourite is beef, I like cooking pork belly
. You've got to make sure the fat on top has been scored with a really sharp knife or it doesn't cook down enough, put loads of salt on it and it tastes really good with fennel seeds.