Pickled pig knuckles and a beer

Weekend eats. Drank plenty of Colt45 in the past but never together with pickled pig parts from the gallon sized jar that used to be found on the counter of most NewYork bodegas, though not so much anymore. My pickled pig knuckles came off the supermarket shelf. From my first and only mouthful of knuckles my whole face puckered from the vinegar brine that had totally infused the fatty meat. Right away it was not my taste, even the cold beer had to work to get noticed by my taste buds after that. Speaking with my southern in-laws about pickled pork they talk about it with so much love. Back in the day it was a cheep bar snack that was useful to the stomach for a night of heavy drinking much like Jamaica’s mannish water/goat head soup. This is not a delicacy only found in the south, it exists all around the world made with just about every part of the pig with any combination of spices and vinegar. If you see pickled pig parts in a bodega give it a try because it’s part of a vanishing New York.

China towns Kamboat Bakery & Cafe

I Stoped by China towns Kamboat Bakery & Cafe on the Bowery in NYC. It was my second visit to this Chinese bakery. From the outside you see the sun faded prop cakes that are on display in the window. Up against the window I could see inside, the place was filled with seniors sitting at tables and many more selecting food from the cases of food that lined the wall. Although they also sell hot food I didn’t explore that menu, instead I concentrated on their variety of baked goods.


Available is a selection of sweet and savory items to choose from. The price of the items in front of me ranged from a dollar to two dollars enticing me to try everything, which I did resist.  As I made my selections they were individually bagged and placed on my orange plastic tray by a young lady assigned to assist me with.  She was armed with a pair of long silver tongs. The servers move you along at a quick pace as you make your choices.  If there is any hesitation in making a choice an item will be quickly pointed out and suggested, so you had better think quick.


During the time I was there people were elbow to elbow waiting to be served in the intimate space. This is what I bought, a fish sandwich for two dollars, so far my favorite, a coconut tart, egg custard tart, pork jerky rainbow roll, sesame roll, Napoleon taro bun, black pepper chicken Danish, curry chicken Danish, sausage roll, and a chicken pie. What I particularly like is that sweet or savory they are a combination of flakey, puffed or a firm dough.  I’m not going to say this is the healthiest food you can eat but it was a fun experience in food tasting at a very good price. Check them out for yourself at 111 Bowery, NYC.