It’s a pork belly party, and the same belly cooked in three different avatars: Char Siu Bao, Fatty Bao Pork Belly & Jam and the Chasu Ramen. The meat, sourced from Belgium is first cooked for eight hours, braised in minimal flavours of soy and sake from Japan. Then it is pressed down into tight rectangles and chilled, ready to be portioned as per dish. In the bao it’s served with some fresh flavours, notably a green apple kimchi. For the Pork Belly and Jam, it is portioned into four geometric slices and glazed in a pan with soy, honey and ginger. The second round of cooking keeps the meat soft and the fat and rind crisp. It’s served on their version of jam – a sticky mustard and miso sauce. You’ll want to order a second but keep some place for the belly’s third incarnation in the ramen: a big bowl of noodles made in their kitchen and served in a broth of pork bones, konbu seaweed, rare mushrooms, lots of garlic, very smoky bacon and chicken feet. Yes, chicken feet, to give it a unique body that makes this comfort food super cosy. Don’t worry, you’ll never see them. The crunch in the thin slices of meat submerged in the broth is the best surprise of the meal. Eat well and stagger out.
610,3rd Floor,12th A Main Road, off 80 feet Road, HAL 2nd Stage, Indira Nagar P: 080 4411 4499
Unit-1, Process House, Kamala Mills, Near Radio Mirchi Office, S.B. Road, Lower Parel. P: 022 4966 6666
Caetano Tavares’s choriz pao in legendary in its own right
This family-run house has been perfecting one product for over 25 years: Goa sausages and pao. Caetano Tavares began vending these delightful little sandwiches on the beach from his cycle cart. Now you can drive up to his eatery and order it through their living room window, wait in the eating area while reading some graffiti espousing moral living and be rewarded with some warm buns toasted crisp with the perfect masala choriz sausages in between. No onions, no potato, no distractions. The rosary sausages are spiced and cured on the premises. You can pick up some choriz paos and head to the beach, or pack a few hundred rosaries for a quick culinary escape to Goa anytime you wish.
Dabolim-Cavelosem Road, Goa
S-2, Ground Floor, Uphaar Cinema Complex, Near H.D.F.C.Bank, Sri Aurobindo Marg, Green Park Extension, Green Park. P: 011 4608 8968
Contact Faith Cinchona Estate (09448469659); Tamara (09880465323); or Robin and Malige Cariappa at the Palacad Guest House (09446606066)
Beckbagan Market, Ballygunge, P: 03327801168