One of the pleasures of restaurant food is trying things that aren’t available at the supermarket. But sometimes what you try is so tasty that the cooking itch sets in. Or there’s a recipe in a newspaper or magazine that sounds sooooo good but involves an ingredient you know you’ve never seen in the stores you frequent.
We need no excuse to go cruising the aisles of food stores, large and small, and we’re always glad to bring news of unusual (and, we hope, sought-after) items we’ve found. Thus, today’s news bulletin:
Not one, but two cuts of pork that we’ve enjoyed in restaurants, popped up in, of all places, Seafood City Super Market. We’d visited in hopes of finding duck legs. No luck there, but we were pleased by what we did find.
Pork belly, the uncured kind (the cured stuff is better known as bacon), is a hot restaurant item, and there it was, at $2.69 a pound. And pork shanks, here labeled pork hocks, are available at $1.59 a pound. As much as we love lamb shanks, this would work equally well, and certainly costs less. And pork is a lot easier for the hesitant eater to handle.
Two worthwhile finds. Viva la pig!
Seafood City Super Market
7733 Olive Blvd, University City