Animal Pig Ears (Dose of Vitamin P)

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Crunchy fried pig ears have become a signature dish, since any part goes at Animal.

Last year, Jon Shook and Vinny Dotolo opened Animal on Fairfax and their minimalist restaurant with bold cooking has been filled ever since. Their menu changes daily, based on market-driven ingredients. Happily, no matter what Shook and Dotolo source, almost every dish incorporates pork, making Animal a perpetual candidate for Dose of Vitamin P.

Pig ears are notoriously chewy, with a cartilage crunch, but Dotolo and Shook transformed the off-cut into a must-order appetizer, tossing the still-crunchy but tender ears ($10) with scallions and tangy, slightly spicy chile-lime vinaigrette. The ears were draped with an over-easy fried egg. A quick poke of the fork and the rich yolk was free to mingle with the surprisingly addictive hog meat.

Dose of Vitamin P is a new feature that spotlights my favorite pork dish from the previous week.

Animal Pig Ears (Dose of Vitamin P)


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This is my favorite dish at Animal right now! Such a surprise of flavors for me because I’m usually use to having my pig ears stewed in soy sauce only.

ooh I’ve had these and they were tasty! my vote for next week’s dose of vitamin p goes to rivera’s sous vide pork shoulder! *oink oink*

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