Lightly Porky Rice Cakes & Greens From Excellent Pork Chop House

We’ve sampled the pork chop of Excellent Pork Chop House, as well as one of the noodle soups, but that was a long time ago in 2008. The Doyers St. institution now has its own Web site and pretty much everyone knows about it. The classics here are pork chop or chicken leg over rice with pickled mustard greens, but I had a hankering for rice cakes and saw that this restaurant had a decent selection. The version with shredded pork piqued my interest and off I went to carbo load.

The price is right at $6, which is about 75 cents more than the dishes over rice. However, if you are really in the mood for some savory pork more than you are for rice cakes, this is likely not the best choice. The dish is sauteed with a light sauce that doesn’t really stick to the rice cakes, and the pork, greens and peas are a little bland on their own. I thought I had ordered the pork with pickled mustard greens stir fried with rice cakes, but I think there was a miscommunication with the ordering process. I was wishing for the ground pork sauce that normally accompanies the pork and chicken over rice dishes.

This dish fulfilled my rice cake desire, but I was hoping for a little more meat. I guess I should just stick to my pork in chop form.

Excellent Pork Chop House, 3 Doyers St. (btw. Bowery & Pell), (212) 791-7007


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