The love for pork belly runs through my family. Steamed, braised, roasted, fried. You name it, we'll eat it. Siew Yoke from Malaysia, Dong Po Rou from China, Moo Grob from Thailand- just a fraction of my favourite pork belly dishes.
A few year back (I'm talking way back!), I had a pork belly meal that stuck particularly well in my memory. During one of my trips to China, my family and I were dining in a restaurant with another Malaysian family and naturally, one of the dishes was Braised Pork Belly. Happily, we tucked into the dish. I was enjoying my chewy, salty, sweet, melt-in-your mouth belly when I overheard the mother (from the other family) telling her two kids, "Yuck, remember to peel off the layer of fat. Don't eat the fat!" For the rest of the dinner, we ate our pork bellies gleefully while watching the other family strip their meat bare. All I could think was 'Oh god, those kids are going to have a childhood without pork bellies.' I can only hope that they've come to their senses by now.
I've heard stories and tales about EARL canteen's pork belly sandwich but never got a chance to witness it myself. Until recently...
Pork Belly Sandwich
Crisp skin free-range pork belly, apple, cabbage & fennel coleslaw, wilted silverbeet on a baguette
A killer piece of pork belly with clean and simple veggies to cut through the saltiness from the meat. The skin was the crispiest it could get- there was a crunch and crackle with every mouthful. I'm not the biggest fan of baguettes so, I would have preferred a different type of bread but besides that, it was faultless.
One pork belly picture is never enough.
Herbed Chicken Salad
Herbed chicken, lentils, spinach, roasted pumpkin and yogurt with a slice of bread
Lentils were plentiful and the pumpkins were roasted till soft and creamy. Though, I did wish that there was more yogurt because it went really nicely with the lentils and chicken!
If you need a quick lunch, pop by EARL Canteen for a quick takeaway! Their sandwiches range from chicken & crisp to gorgonzola pumpkin so, I'm pretty sure that you'll find something that will tickle your tastebuds.
500 Bourke Street (enter via Lt Bourke)
Melbourne, VIC 3000
Melbourne, VIC 3000