For me there is nothing better than pork that is cooked right. Sure, I love a great steak, rib eye, cheese burger, chicken is nice, who doesn’t like seafood (actually I know some people – uhg). The point is there is something special about good pork cooked slow – the juice, the fat, the way it marries with seasonings.
The Whole Hog food truck has been a staple of the Buffalo food truck scene since 2011. I noticed on their Facebook page they were planning Porchetta for Food Truck Tuesday at Larkin Square last week. Who could resist.
Porchetta is traditionally a pork loin, wrapped in pork belly stuffed with herbs and spices – slow roasted and sliced. Pork belly, oddly difficult to find at the market here in WNY, is the fresh cut from which bacon is made. It is full of great fatty flavor. The outer fat and or skin roast to a luscious crisp crunchy awesomeness if cooked right.
The Whole Hog Food Truck Tuesday menu included:
Porchetta Sandwich with arugula salad – $7
Pulled Pork Sandwich with Chipotle BBQ – $6
Asian Pork Baguette – braised pork, Asian slaw, Sriracha mayo – $6
Carne Asada Taco with skirt steak, salsa, sour cream – $5
Cuban Black Bean with Pico de gallo, sour cream – $5 (add pork for $2)
Potato salad with Dijon Bacon – $3
Quinoa Salad – feta, asparagus, tomato, olive, lemon – $3
3 cheese Mac – $3 (add chipotle BBQ pork + $3)
Given the obvious limitations we resisted the urge to get one of everything a ordered only four items – Porchetta Sandwich, Pulled Pork Sandwich, Asian Pork Baguette, and the Carne Asada Taco.
The taco was very nice, fresh, light and flavorful. I could have conquered several but FTT is all about diversity. The Asian Pork Baguette was equally good with fresh slaw and the Siracha and a hint of sesame. Warning – best devoured with a bib and several napkins. The winner of the pleasantly surprised award goes to the pulled pork- juicy chunks of pig with a heart-warming chipotle BBQ – brilliant.
With all that said I was here for the sexy Italian starlet la Porchetta. One bite and I knew my afternoon of longing was not in jest – juicy, herbed, cracklin’ chicharron heaven. Throw in my favorite leaf and a beautifully fresh bun and life is wonderful.
Clearly, these people know their pork, direct from local farms I’m told. Check them out at Food Truck Tuesday and keep a sharp eye out for Porchetta, a little slice of haven on a bun.
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