Pork Belly Ideas

Pork Belly has certainly been in “flavour” recently 🙂 – different variations of this versatile cut has been featured on MasterChef in their recent series, touted by famous/popular Chefs in books, magazines, and in many blogs… But what is it?

It is a flat cut of meat that has a fairly high fat to meat ratio.  It is that fat to meat ratio and wide, flat shape, that lends the cut to such a variety of options, recipe wise, and the delicious taste that it is famous for.

There is some caution needed when purchasing your Pork Belly. Too fatty and the recipe will taste unpleasantly slimy.  Too little, and the tough meat (normally ameliorated by the combination of fat:meat) will be tough and dry.

Thankfully for you, Palmdale Meats, Poultry and Seafood, only get the very best Pork Belly. Quality control has already been done, to ensure the top cut of meat is available for you.

What size to get? How to cook it?

Don’t worry, if you have any questions, Palmdale Meat’s helpful staff will be able to help you with recipes and the size you need for your recipe.  Cutting a piece to size, or into pieces, will be no problem – just ask!

What to do with a Pork Belly

While recently popular here in Australia, it has a always been a firm favourite in Asian Countries – a staple even – and as a consequence, many recipes you’ll find will have an Asian slant to them. But the Pork Belly cut is so versatile, it can actually be used many ways and goes with many spices/flavours – here are a few ideas…

  • Whole as a roast (slow cooked, twice cooked, Webber(™) or oven)
  • Rolled as a roast (slow cooked, webber(™) or oven)
  • Rolled and stuffed – then roasted
  • Sliced into slices (Pork “ribs”, for stir fries or battered)

Here is a list of things that Pork Belly goes especially well with.

  • Apples
  • Cabbage
  • Celery
  • Cherries
  • Fennel
  • BBQ sauce
  • Garlic
  • Ginger
  • Hoisin Sauce
  • Herbs (Rosemary, Thyme, Sage)
  • Legumes and beans
  • Mushrooms
  • Mustard
  • Pears
  • Potatoes
  • Soy Sauce
  • Spring Onions
  • Spices (Star Anise, Peppercorns, Cinnamon, Cardamom, Mustard Seeds)

Not sure about how to cook your selection?  Palmdale Meats, Poultry and Seafood – North Adelaide – are always here to help you. Call in to Palmdale Village Meats in the North Adelaide Village,  81 O’Connell St, North Adelaide.

There’s 2 hours free parking in the North Adelaide Village Centre, come and see us.

(08) 8267 5498