58. Pork Belly and Clams at Pubbelly Sushi
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57. Pork Belly and Clams at Pubbelly Sushi
When we first encountered the "porkbelly & clams" roll ($12) at Pubbelly Sushi, we thought, Hmm, interesting, but does that sound good together? The idea of a sushi roll containing two such completely different bellies -- fried clam belly and pork belly, sounded, well, unconvincing at the least. One is briny and slimy; one is fatty and sweet. Does that pairing work? Well, because it made our list, the answer is yes. But when it hits the table, one has to wonder where the clams come in.
A slab of barbecue pork belly is balanced atop the maki, and then each is covered in a spicy, slightly creamy kimchee slaw. Nestled inside the seaweed-and-rice roll rests a warm deep-fried clam. The bite in its entirety is not so easy to accomplish; you'll have to open wide and just force the whole thing in. The combo just doesn't work the same way alone, so don't eat it in components. If you really can't manage the whole piece at once, ask for a knife and fork to divide and conquer.
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