Something delicious has happened in Surry Hills. Chef Mark Jensen and partner Pauline Nguyen have opened an eatery dedicated to pork. Pork’d opened quietly on Friday. The site isn’t new to the pair. It’s where Vietnamese restaurant Red Lantern was opened by Jensen and Nguyen with Nguyen’s brother, Luke, in 2002, launching Luke’s career as a celebrity chef. Red Lantern on Riley Street in Darlinghurst still serves its delicate Asian menu.
“We’re about sustainability and knowing where our produce comes from, with a nose-to-tail philosophy,” says Jensen. Pork’d will use secondary cuts for dishes inspired by American barbecue Jensen tried on a recent trip to Portland. “We’ve also had a lot of experience with pork in the Vietnamese restaurant,” says Jensen. “We’re bringing the Asian flavours to our American-style approach. It really makes sense to me.”
The casual eatery will be serving customers directly from the kitchen, with chefs carving to order while diners watch. “We’ll have master-stock pork belly and chilli smoked bacon. We’re using our beer and cider in the dishes, too, with lager-infused smoked pork hock and pulled pork brined in (beer) Feral Hop Hog, which is roasted for eight hours.”
Most importantly you can order by the gram, as much or as little as you like. “It gives the customer control of what they’re eating.” It also reduces waste. The Piggy Plate is a tasting plate of different cuts – a solution to meal envy.
Mon to Thu 5pm–11pm
Fri & Sat 12pm–11pm