Apologies for the brief absence. I’ve been doing this cross-country move thing and am still in the process of getting settled in. An important aspect of that is exploring the new shopping grounds. A new favorite of mine is San Diego’s branch of the Chinese Superstore, 99 Ranch Market. That’s where I’ve been finding all kinds of neat stuff, like these marinated pigs feet.
I’ve been meaning to try pigs feet for some time now, but have been too lazy to prepare my own, and didn’t feel that the pickled Hormelvariety would be an authentic way to experience them. So when I saw these in the prepared foods section for a mere $2.34 I couldn’t pass them up.
I ate these cold, which was likely a mistake. The feet are mostly skin, fat, and cartilaginous matter. Although these were marinated in sugar and soy there wasn’t much flavor coming from the cold cloven hooves, and eaten cold the skin was more gelatinous than crispy.
Still, I’m glad I gave them a shot, and I haven’t given up on pig’s feet just yet. I should have listened to my dream girl and queen of variety meats, Chichi Wang. I’ll try these again if I can find a more authentic preparation, but as for 99 Ranch Markets ready made selection – I’ll pass.