'Trotters' on Serious Eats

The Nasty Bits: Momofuku-Style Bo Ssam, But With More Hocks and Trotters

A few weeks ago, I was sitting in Momofuku with friends eating a whole pork shoulder, slow roasted so the skin turns out crispy and the flesh very tender, and served with rice, kimchi, and scallion oil. I was enjoying myself immensely except for one tiny problem: there wasn't enough skin to go around the table. That's where the hocks and trotters come in. More

The Nasty Bits: Pigs Feet Pancakes

The concept of pig parts in pancakes not as crazy as you might think. It's not like I'm suggesting that you put say, pig's snouts in your scones. And this is not your typical breakfast pancake, but okonomiyaki, a Japanese pancake made with shredded naga-imo (a type of mountain root), shredded cabbage, flour, eggs, and dashi. Additions to the pancake vary by region. Pork belly, various kinds of seafood and vegetables, mochi, and even cheese can go into the batter. If pork belly, why not trotters? And if trotters, why not snouts or ears? You see where I'm going with this. More

Okonomiyaki with Trotters

[Photograph: Chichi Wang] Note: Okonomiyaki sauce is a thick Worcestershire-like sauce that can be found in many Japanese or Asian grocers. If unavailable, combine 1/2 cup ketchup with 1/4 cup Worcestershire sauce. I prefer sweet, tangy Japanese-style mayonnaise, such as... More

The Nasty Bits: Graisserons

Graisserons, which I understand to mean "large fat things" in French, are what happens to the skin and other fatty bits in a pot of confit. As the meaty bits tenderize, the fattier pieces render out, leaving behind slippery scraps or semi-browned crisp bits, depending on how hot and long you cooked your confit. More

The Nasty Bits: Pig's Foot

A pig's foot is so well-composed. Think about all those little bones in the foot, all that cartilage, all those tendons and all that meat bundled up in skin. I think of each foot as curated package of pig, an indispensable tool in the cook's arsenal. In fact, I wrap my trotters individually in plastic wrap to keep in my freezer. That way, I'm never more than a pig's foot away from the perfect soup or stew. A pig's foot is so well-composed. Think about all those little bones in the foot and all that cartilage in the joints. Not to mention the tendons and the meat, and everything bundled up in skin. I think of each foot as curated package of pig, an indispensable tool in the cook's arsenal. In fact, I wrap my trotters individually in plastic wrap to keep in my freezer. That way, I'm never more than a pig's foot away from the perfect soup or stew. More

The Nasty Bits: Pigs' Feet

A stab, on the other hand, registers instant shock and pain. The moment the tip of the knife went into my hand, in the tender area between the thumb and the rest of the hand, blood started gushing at the point of entry. It made my stomach turn to see the rate at which the blood was escaping from the wound. More

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