New Thing #11 – Pig Head Meat

I wouldn’t consider myself a “foodie,” but I really like to eat!  So a lot of my new things are trying new foods.  I went to a new restaurant in Orlando called Cask And Larder with the idea in my head that I was going to try something new!  I went for brunch on a Sunday and found a few things on the menu that I’d never eaten, so I settled on a pig head torchon with red cabbage salsa and a fried egg.

I’m not usually the kind of person who takes pictures of her food, but I think this one might be helpful since I didn’t know what “torchon” meant until the waitress explained it to me.  Torchon is actually French for “dish cloth” and in this case it refers to the cloth the chef used to put the meat into a cylindrical form before cooking.  My pig head meat cylinder was then cut and fried in shape of hockey pucks, as the waitress explained it.  It was served over red cabbage with a fried egg on top.

The pigs head meat had an incredibly strong pork flavor, but when paired with the cabbage, the tastes off-set each other and made it palatable.  The fried egg just tied in the fact that it was brunch, I think.   I like pork, but the super-strong flavor was too much for me.  Also, the meat was very fatty, which I was not expecting.  I would probably not eat pigs head meat again, but at least I can say I’ve had it.  On to the next new food!

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