||[Nov. 5th, 2011|03:16 pm]
(This isn't a picture I took. The pig spine I had had big-ass bones still in it)
Don't let the name scare you off. I was at this really wonderful Chinese restaurant hidden away on my campus. The menu's notable in that the first pages are typical American-Chinese fare you can get anywhere (General Tso's, orange chicken) which is basically fake Chinese food. It's delicious, but it's not real cuisine. But then the last two pages are like this secret trove of genuine Chinese cuisine and my Chinese friend was like, you gotta try pig spine.
Now I wasn't like "UGH GROSS PIG SPINE," because I am not picky at all. I'll try any food at least once when it's put in front of me. But I won't deny that when I heard pig spine, I imagined like a long centipede-esque spinal cord on a plate with sharp bones stickin out of it. But the foods Yihong had recommended to me before had all be winners, and I was like, "hey, I get to say I ate PIG SPINE."
Pig spine is delicious. It's just really tender, juicy cuts of pork. All that's different is that the bones aren't what you're used to, but they were my favorite part. If you like eating meat off the bone (which I most certainly do) you owe it to yourself to try this. The bones are in such crazy shapes (sinec you know, it's from the pig's SPINE) that after you eat most of the meat off of them, you're still searching for morsels of meat hidden in nooks and crannies.
The meat itself was really decadent. Again, it's not WEIRD SPINAL MYSTERY MEAT. It's the same pork you'd eat when eating like, a pork chop, but because the meat is so close to the bone (which is where it gets a lot of flavor) it is extremely tender. Like, fall-a-part tender. Not a single bite was too dry or too tough.
Even after re-heating the leftovers today, it was still delicious. If you're the type of person who shies away from eating meat off the bone clean, then maybe this isn't your cup of tea. But you're missing out on a delicious cut of pork.