Lowbrow Squared: Pickled Trotters and Lo Mein

By Lisa Elbert | Caroline Hatchett

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Lisa Elbert
Caroline Hatchett
Pickled Pigs Feet: Fried Lo Mein, Mint, Carrots, Cured Egg Yolk, Scallion, and Soy
Pickled Pigs Feet: Fried Lo Mein, Mint, Carrots, Cured Egg Yolk, Scallion, and Soy

Chef Phil Bryant of Miami's Local Craft Food & Drink had a dream: “I really wanted people to order pigs feet.” Not the easiest sell, pickled pigs feet—pink and suspended in a mysterious liquidare a gas station specialty across the South. To help push the dish, he paired the feet with all the familiar flavors of Chinese take-out. I was thinking about pairing two lowbrow ingredients and making a great dish,” says Bryant, who landed on a combination of pickled pigs feet, stir-fried lo mein, soy, mint, and cured egg. “The pickled trotters bring balance to the dish. There's a tangy, fatty flavor going on, and a richness with the soy and cured egg. The lo mein is the supporting character, but they really just make sense together.” The dish has loads of Southern swagger and hits the sweet comfort spot of Americanized Chinese food. Best of all, his diners are ordering pigs feet. 

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