Sunday, May 31, 2009
Pseudo-Samgyeopsal (Grilled Pork Belly)
I ran across a description of Samgyeopsal not too long ago. It is a fairly simple Korean dish consisting of grilled pork belly served with various accompaniments. Pictured above is some sliced, brined (see here for more on this) pork belly. It is very pretty, isn't it? Now, brining is not traditional in this dish but I thought it would add some nice flavor.
I simply threw the slices on a very hot grill for a couple of minutes on each side and served them on some moo shu wrappers.
I forgot to take a picture of the sauce I used, it is a very tasty chile based condiment that I picked up at Kim's on Central Ave. The bottle looks like this, it happened to get captured in a random picture.
These wraps turned out pretty good. I enjoyed the meatier pieces of belly but I still can't get used to the chewy texture of the very fatty pieces. It is funny that this very texture is appreciated as a delicacy in many Asian cuisines. This is just another example of how your upbringing shapes your palate. Anyhow, if you make this yourself, go for the meatier bellies and cut them about a quarter of an inch thick. Some green onions would probably have been pretty good in there too.