Calgary & Edmonton Restaurants Celebrating June is Pork Month

June is Pork Month at FARM
Do you have a passion for Alberta Pork? Well dig the pig and help us celebrate June is Pork Mont in Alberta. All throughout the month of June, chefs in Calgary and Edmonton are featuring a new or signature Alberta Pork dish on their menu. And they’ll be giving out a recipe card of their feature dish for patrons to take home.

In Calgary, visit Alloy, Bonterra Trattoria, Chef’s Table, FARM, Made Foods, Oak Tree Tavern, The Park Kitchen & Bar, Pig and Duke, Pampa Brazilian Steakhouse, PRLR Lounge, Scopa, Starbelly, Sunterra Market, The Beltliner, The Block, and Yellow Door Bistro.

In Edmonton, visit the Alberta Hotel Bar & Kitchen, Ampersand 27, The Common, The Harvest Room at the Fairmont Hotel Macdonald, Hardware Grill, The Marc, Nineteen, Pampa Brazilian Steakhouse, Red Ox Inn, Rostizado, The Royal Glenora Club, Sabor, Sunterra MarketTZiN, and The Workshop Eatery.

Thank you to all of the participating chefs in Edmonton and Calgary for sharing your passion for pork and helping to make June the tastiest month of the year.

Recipe: Chef Duncan Ly’s Broek Farms Pork Belly Parcels

Duncan Ly pork recipePork month has been going so far and there is no signs of slowing down as we swiftly approach City Palate’s Pig and Pinot fundraiser event on Wednesday, June 18th! This is always such a fun event, so if you’re looking for something to do – I am biased! – I’d suggest grabbing a ticket or two and swinging by. Pinot, great pork-centric dishes…what more could you want in a great evening? See you there!

Here’s a delicious (and beautiful) recipe from Hotel Arts’ Chef Duncan Ly for little pork belly parcels. They may look slightly intimidating, but trust me, they’re easier to assemble than you’d think!

What you’ll need…

12 small green onions, green part only or chives

1 green mango julieened

12 cooked prawns peeled and cut in half length wise

1 bunch of mint

1 bunch of Thai Basil

½ lb pork belly

⅓ cup nuoc cham dressing (see below)

Directions:

Pork belly:

In a small pot add the pork belly, 2 thin slices of ginger, pinch of salt and cover the pork belly with cold water. Bring the pot to a boil and turn down to a simmer. Skim off any impurities, and then reduce to a simmer. And continue cooking for 30 minutes.

Turn off the heat and leave the pork belly in the broth for another 15 minutes.

Remove the Pork and allow to cool. Once cooled thinly slice the pork, then in a pan over medium/high heat fry the slices of pork belly until crispy.

Wrapping the pork belly:

Bring a sauce pan of water to a simmer. Add a pinch of salt. Blanch the green onions in the water for about 30 seconds. Then remove with tongs and drain and paper towel.

Place one half of the prawn on a cutting board. Then top the prawn with mint and Thai basil and the other half of the prawn. Top the prawn and herb stack with the pork belly.

Now wrap a blanched piece of the scallion around the pork, prawn and herb stack then tuck the green onion under itself to from a tight parcel. Repeat with the remaining ingredients.

Nouc Cham Dressing:

3 tablespoon of fish sauce

3 table spoon of water

2 tablespoon sugar

1clove of garlic minced

1 red birds eye chilli, thinly sliced

2 tablespoon of lime juice

Bring the fish sauce, water and sugar to a boil. Stir to dissolve the sugar. Take off heat and add remaining ingredients.

For the Plating:

Arrange the mango on a platter in 12 small portions. Top with the Pork belly parcel. Drizzle with the Nouc Cham dressing.

Enjoy!

Serves 4-6

Total cook time…1 hour