It was nearly inevitable that this week’s Dose of Vitamin P would come from Hakata Tonton, chef Koji Hagihara’s West Village pub that promotes the health benefits of their collagen-rich pork dishes. We began to work our way through the fairly large menu, where they designate certain pork dishes with a pig snout. Our slab of Monkfish Liver ($8), the so-called foie gras of the sea, arrived cool and firm in a shallow pool of yuzu miso sauce, topped with thin strips of boiled pork feet that, yes, touted their share of collagen. The capper came in the form of tiny, briny, black fish roe and thin-cut scallions. Other Tonton dishes were richer and spicier, but none displayed the range of flavors, textures or originality as the lively liver.
Dose of Vitamin P spotlights my favorite pork dish from the previous week.