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Kuala Lumpur: Pigging Out at El Cerdo


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Kuala Lumpur: Pigging Out at El Cerdo

klyeoh | Mar 25, 2009 01:18 AM

El Cerdo must be the unlikeliest restaurant in mainly Muslim Malaysia - a restaurant which specializes in pork dishes and where 80% of its dishes are pork-based (Large porcine sketches plus giant words "Nose to Tail Eating" were etched on one of its mirrored walls - an exact reproduction, whether sanctioned or not, of Fergus Henderson's bookcover for "The Whole Beast: Nose to Tail Eating")

There were 4 of us, and we ordered:

- a deliciously rich Mixed Appetiser Platter which consisted of: French rillettes, pate of pig's trotters, Spanish salami; pork-liver pate and pig-cheeks suspended in wine aspic, all served with some of the best baguettes in KL;

- a whole roasted suckling pig (“Cochinillo al Estillo Segoviano”). It was so delicate, they used a plate to cut clean through the crisp, wafer-thin crackling. The flesh inside was the texture of chicken dark meat but softer, so much so that our table knives slid through the meat like butter; (the plate used to make the first cut on the piglet by the "guest of honor" was then ritually smashed in a wooden barrel)

- a generous paella with seafood, chicken, chorizo sausages and pork. This dish tasted absolutely divine! The flavors & textures were exquisite. One detects the slightest tang in the rice, as if the ghost of a lemon had floated thru it, leaving behind a subtle taste memory.

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