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Slow Cooked Goodness! The Pork Belly You Need

Ready those taste buds! It's time for a continental world tour of the delicious pork variety: from slow roasted belly bristling with juice to balsamic braise on a salt and pepper edge, we've drawn up a list of some of the best cut roasts around. The East and the West lie down together - and the end result is a collection both diverse and absolutely scrumptious, available all across Ireland to eat and to share. We've got Spanish tapas, we've got Chinese spice, we've got flavour. We've got filling dishes as sweet as they are savoury, bound to satisfy any carnivorous desire! So, napkins out, appetites at the ready. A masterclass in pork cookery awaits.  

1  Roast 5 Spice Pork Belly - Mak

Great Hong Kong cuisine and a quality cut of meat: the Roast 5 Spice Pork Belly from Mak restaurant, Dublin, is a dish extraordinaire. Served on a bed of crisp, ginger pak choi and cooked through to succulent perfection, every mouthful of this beautiful chop will leave you begging for more. And that's a good thing, too, as there's plenty to go around! Whether you're a chopstick master or in desperate need of a knife and fork, one thing's for certain - you're gonna' want this in your tum as soon as possible. Seasoned. Peppery. Completely delicious.

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2  Pig on a Board - My Meat Wagon

Good ol' meat, plain and simple. Prepped with love in the depths of Smithfield Market, Dublin, Pig on a Board is every caveman's delight. It's pork belly, it's pulled pork, it's two sides of your choice to feed that soul and satisfy that stomach — from fries to sausage to creamy slaw. So go all out, go protein - the chefs at My Meat Wagon are some of the best around, and their creations are full of Irish heart. Wholesome and smoky. Deliriously sweet. The answer to any meaty craving without a doubt, to share or to keep to yourself. A wooden board never looked so good.

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3 Balsamic Braised Pork Belly - El Vino Douglas

Up next, a little poshness. No boards or frantic meat feasts here; the Balsamic Braised Pork Belly from El Vino Douglas is a balanced Spanish meal. Sup the fruits of the Mediterranean, please your taste buds and enjoy the tang of yet another pork flavour. A combo of Clonakilty black pudding, apple and raisin chutney and red wine jus is served as relish, but the main focus here by far is the meat itself. Meant for sharing, meant for socials, this plate up won't be as large as some of our others, but it will certainly be full of flavour.

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4 Slow Cooked Pork Belly - the Girl and the Goose

Last but not least: French cuisine. The final set piece on our worldwide tour is Slow Cooked Pork Belly from the Girl and the Goose. It's rich, crispy and served with luxury sides to dance upon your tongue. Despite this, it's not a complicated dish. It's fresh, precise food made with top quality ingredients. Enjoy lithe vanilla puree. Enjoy braised cabbage soaked in flavour. Enjoy fondant potato to round out your palette! Fine dining, fine pork.  

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