If you are like me and my enthusiastic cohorts, the chance to pre-order a whole roast pig at the shoebox of barbecue that is Quick-Pic is a special occasion. Carry it across the street to another restaurant with more seats, add sides, grown up beverages, levity and verve then you my friend are about to pluck the cheek from the pig and I promise, record a dear food diary day. First nab your porcine platter by contacting Henry at Quick-Pic 24 hrs in advance. Pre-game happy hour at The Q is big draft Sapporo and cold sake. (Happy hour only at the bar and not the bar tables...just to be clear.) The excellent bartender is Rea. Her Mom has a Korean restaurant in Westboro aptly named Westboro Korean Restaurant but that is a story for next week.
From the Q we dropped in at Quick-Pic to peer behind the BBQ curtain. Our pig was ready to go and weighed in at round 30 lbs and sported a peach colored bow. The shiny crispy skin and roasted aroma was a wall of pig for eyes and nose and soon other senses. Yum yum! Henry handed us some house hoisin to go and our pig parade across Beach Street began. Stares and smiles followed our eclectic crew and we landed on the big round table in the front at Bubor ChaCha where manager James had us all dialed in. Mike B and The Barkers joined my brood plus other good eaters and soon we were a baker's dozen. The pig was whisked back to Quick Pic for final prep and the table got rice all around, manila clams in black bean sauce, sauteed pea shoots, atchar, and plenty of hot chili oil, la chua.
With great fanfare our pig came back and a hush drew over our crowd. Conversation became muffled and the work began in earnest. Plenty of social lubricant was cold and fizzy. Crackly orange skin, succulent meat, fatty belly, cheeks like oysters, parts reminiscent of the pope's nose, trotters and everything in between was a bbq pig fix for the ages. A good time was had by all yet as great as this feast was the company, new and old was better! I'd like to lie right here and say we et the whole thing but that would have been piggish. Zip-lock forethought and styro boxes were derigueur, then me and all my doggie baggers shuffled back to The Q for digestivos.
I'd recommend this and the other goodies at Quick-Pic (ribs) as well as The Malaysian Cuisine at Bubor ChaCha to everyone who appreciates food, fire and friends. Thanks also to MC Slim JB who Quick-Pic tipped me off a while back. Now what's in order after a meating of this magnitude is a big nap...and a plan for the leftovers.