I went to Đại Thành supermarket again today (3rd time in the last 10 days; what can I say, grocery shopping in preparation for Tết is one of the things I love about this holiday). I asked one of the men at the meat counter for a small piece of pork skin to make thịt đông (gelatinized meat) and this is what he gave me:
Yes, the piece is actually folded over. Its length is more than twice the length of my longest plate.
You can imagine my surprise when one of the men gave it to me. I declined the piece, saying that it was too big for me. Another man jumped in and said earnestly: “take it, it’s all free!”. Sigh, given how busy the meat counter was, I figured it’d be easier for me to take it than to insist on them cutting a smaller piece out of this piece for me. I guess there aren’t that many people going around asking for pork skin these days.
Anyway, I’ll have plenty of pork skin leftover after making thịt đông this year. Which means I’ll need to think of dishes that feature pork skin during the year!
And this last picture is for the gross factor (don’t worry, I promise I’ll cut out all the fat before I cook…I do have an MPH in Epidemiology, after all :D)