• Jarnard Sutton

In the Kitchen with executive chef DJ Tangalin: Chinese five-spiced pork belly


Chinese five-spiced pork belly photo cred Jarnard Sutton

In this episode, executive chef DJ Tangalin of JRDN, located in Tower23, showcases his surf & turf-inspired dish, Chinese five-spiced pork belly.

Tell us about this dish?

The dish was inspired by the restaurant's design and location. We've got the beautiful ocean front view, Baja shrimp, sitting on this gorgeous wood accent restaurant represented by the pork belly.

Why is this dish a good addition to the menu? It showcases a lot of different techniques and our love for deep, bold flavors. Plus, it's delicious.

Describe the taste to someone who hasn't had this dish?

It hits all part of your palette. from the sweetness of the shrimp, slow poached in butter; to the aromatic seasoning of the belly glazed in apple cider vinegar and molasses; to the pickling of the raisins and the smoothness of the purple cabbage puree. Lastly, you get a nice crunch from the crackers.

What contribution does the housemade old bay crackers add to the dish?

We are they type of restaurant that takes pride making everything from scratch. The crackers add texture to the dish and umami flavor.

How are they made?