A couple weeks ago, I went to a place called Lucky Belly located in Chinatown for lunch.
Pork belly is one of my favorite fatty foods, so I was looking forward to what they had to offer. And indeed their pork belly made my belly very happy :D Their pork was delicious, and so was their other Asian influenced dishes. While their menu was very limited--a short list of a few appetizers, salads, ramen bowls, and a small selection of entrees--it made it easy to choose what food we wanted to sample.
To start off, we tried their beet salad with goat cheese, pork belly bao, and shrimp gyoza.
The beet salad was beets layered with goat cheese, and for those of you who don't fancy goat cheese...don't worry! My mom who is not a fan of goat cheese absolutely loved the salad!
The pork belly was soft and melted in your mouth, and was a great combination with the soft bao bread, hoisin sauce, and cilantro.
And the shrimp gyoza had much more to offer than just shrimp. It was stuffed with a lot of other vegetables, including asparagus!
For entrees, we went with the Lucky Bowl, the Belly Bowl, and the Kuchujang Braised Brisket Tartine.
The Lucky Bowl and Belly Bowl are ramen dishes, and the only difference is that the Belly bowl has all the wonderful meaty additions: sausage, char siu, and smoked bacon. The noodles and broth were okay, but the star of the dish was the smoked bacon. It added so much flavor to the ramen, and was quite unlike any of the ramen I've tasted before.
I thought the Kuchujang Braised Brisket Tartine was going to be a hot sandwich, but it turns out that it was more like a bunch of meat with two tiny pieces of bread. It was so delicious and tender, and way too much for one person to finish, but take it home and eat it the next day on top of some rice and maybe an overeasy egg on top? Yes, please!
So if you want to give your belly some love, feed it some grub from Lucky Belly!