This is one of the many courses I enjoyed last month at the Raul Perez wine dinner at Mediterra. I read so much about pork belly, but never seem to find it on local menus. So I (along with about 45 other people) was very happy to see it in front of me that evening, and it was scrumptious. Very, very scrumptious. I actually think it got a more enthusiastic reception than a big ol’ piece of chocolate cake would have.
It was served with roasted pineapple (to the right), and a whole baby lettuce (slightly braised or steamed) to the left. The pork was perfect, crispy fat on top, the meat underneath meltingly tender and juicy.
Now I’ve been to the Amish market and bought myself a piece of pork belly ($2.29/lb), which I will cook at home, hopefully this weekend. I can only hope (or maybe fear?) that I will have the success that Mediterra chef Luis Bollo did with his preparation.