Only One Week Left for Cer Te’s Chubby Porky
This month marks the second time the Chubby Chinese Girl lives in infamy via a sandwich at Cer Te (55th btw 5+6th). It’s hard to follow up to last year’s Chubby Chinese Girl, especially since it’s still available on Thursdays. But once I saw that this sandwich involved crisped pork belly braised with soy and beer, I knew it had to be a winner. They should seriously consider taking Chubby Chinese Girl on as a sandwich consultant.
This sandwich is one to make all your Asian cravings happy. The pork belly, rubbed with brown sugar, salt, and Chinese five spice, braised, and then crisped in a fryer, is beyond excellent. The fat and skin carmelize enough to make it crispy and deliciously sticky. With the pork are watercress and toasted sesame seeds in a sweet sauce, adding a nice crunch and flavor to the overall sandwich. The only part I wasn’t too keen on was the toasted brioche-it was too big and stiff for comfortably eating, but no other bread I could think of would nicely hold the sandwich together while not overwhelming the contents. I found the pineapple slices on the side helped nicely with cutting the fat from the pork, and wished that they had incorporated that into the sandwich itself. Regardless, it’s a wonderful, filling lunch and I highly recommend picking one up before the end of the month.