Chef Sam Wolfe has been showcasing some new items on our own nightly menu this season. Kurobuta Pork Osso Buco is one of those items. When most people think of osso buco, they think of veal shanks, so pork is a different twist. But this isn’t just any pork, it’s “Kurobuta” pork.
Kurobuta pork is a Japanese name for Berkshire pork that comes from a rare breed of pigs, dating back over 300 years to the English House of Windsor. Korobuta means “the black pig” and probably refers to the darker color of this pork. It is the highest quality of pork and, like its beef analogue Wagyu beef, it is known for its meat marbling.
Kurobuta pork is not something that you are likely to find in your local grocery store. It is a specialty item that is challenging to find. Which means it is all that more special when you see it on a menu and more so when prepared osso bucco or braised. The meat really does fall off the bone and practically melts in your mouth with each bite.
Chef Sam Wolfe and his staff really bowled us over this week with this new item and the memory of the taste is still lingering…