Best Use of Pigs' Feet New York 2013 - Salt & Fat
Nearly all of Chef Daniel Yi's small plates at Salt & Fat in Sunnyside are irresistible, but if you don't have the luxury of sharing the entire menu with a group of friends, the Crispy Berkshire Pork Trotter is a must-order. Yi uses Berkshire pork hind shanks and trotters, braising them in an umami-rich pork-stock broth with dried shiitake mushrooms, bacon scraps in mirepoix, soy, and sugar for four to five hours before leaving them to bathe in the liquid overnight. The following day, he picks the meat off the bones, seasons it, and rolls it into torchons, which are breaded in panko and deep-fried. The pucks are served with spicy mayo, scallion salad, and a poached egg.