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The Pig Idea: pork that will make you think

Posted at 12:00 pm, November 20, 2013 in Fun London
The Pig Idea

On Thursday November 21 (12-4pm) something pig is going down. It’s called The Pig Idea, and aims to promote food surplus as a viable food source for the rearing of pigs. Thomasina Miers (Wahaca), Tristram Stuart (a food waste expert) and eight little piggies started the project on World Environment Day at Stepney City Farm. The eight pigs have been raised on food waste from local companies, such as brewer’s grains and unsold vegetables and on the day, the pork from the poor little oinkers will be prepared by top restaurants (including Cabana and Bistrot Bruno Loubet) and served at a free feast to one and all. There’s also a whole host of other porky events going on. With over 5,000 guests expected, get down early and grab yourself some meat.

If you don’t get a chance to head down to Trafalgar Square on November 21, here are five premier piggy dishes to tide you over:

Bacon sandwich at St John

How special can a bacon sandwich be? When it’s made with the finest Old Spot bacon, just-baked bread and homemade ketchup, very special indeed. 94-96 Commercial St, E1 6LZ. www.stjohngroup.uk.com.

Bacon chop, fried eggs and hash browns at Hawksmoor Guildhall

The breakfast of champions – or City superstars – Hawksmoor’s plentiful plateful concentrates on three key ingredients to create a high quality version of the full English. 10 Basinghall St, EC2V 5BQ.

Choucroute à l’alsacienne at The Delaunay

An authentically hearty dish from Alsace comprising cabbage with various porky delights – sausage, wiener, belly – that’ll have you ready for a trek in the Vosges mountains after lunch. 55 Aldwych, WC2B 4BB.

Tonkotsu ramen at Bone Daddies

If you thought Japanese dining was all about delicate flavours and healthy raw fish, maybe it’s time to try Bone Daddies’ satisfyingly meaty bowl of noodles with 20-hour-simmered pork broth and chilli oil. 30-31 Peter St, W1F 0AT.

Pulled pork  at Pitt Cue Co

Addictively sweet, spiced, darkly smoked and unctuous pork. Have it with bone-marrow mash for a real heart-stopping dinner. 1 Newburgh St, W1F 7RB.

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The Pig Idea takes place on Thursday November 21 between noon and 4pm at Trafalgar Square. 

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