100 Favorite Dishes: No. 25, Eli's East pork belly sliders
As a countdown to the Best of the Twin Cities 2014, coming April 16, the Hot Dish is serving up 100 of our favorite local dishes.
Eli's East's sinful pork belly sliders
First of all, there's the pork belly itself, cooked confit until it's fall-apart-tender and then breaded and fried. Yes, fried. The combination of textures is seductive enough on its own, but that's just the beginning. The cubes of pork are then dressed with a honey soy glaze and placed on a butter-grilled bun that's been dressed with a generous dollop of sriracha mayo. Everything gets topped with shreds of pickled carrot, onion, and thinly sliced chilies. The final product is a sweet, savory, salty, sour, spicy, fatty, and porky pleasure to eat.
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