We’ve ventured into the Iberian Peninsula to discover the home of the Iberian black pigs. The cultivation of these black pigs provides the entire food world with delicious and the most celebrated Iberico pork and Iberico jamon (cured meat).
Over the past two decades, the exports of Spanish meat products towards Asia have soared. Just last year alone, the Spaniards were faced with ham shortage as the Asian market demands for the prized Iberico jamon rose to an escalated high. Even in Malaysia, the demand for Iberico pork has risen tremendously in the past five years.
Today, there are more and more restaurants in Malaysia using the sensationalised ‘black pork’ in their respective dishes. From the rustic old-fashioned charred and scrummy pork ribs to thinly sliced Iberico ham, and juicy burger patties to yakitori skewers, the black pork has been used in various creative ways to bring something new to the table. Certain Chinese restaurants are also using Iberico pork to make the all-time-favourite ‘siew yoke’ (roasted pork belly) because of the flavours and fatty streaks in the meat.
Now you know all about the Iberico pork, its time to dig into some the most scrumptious offering of black pork in restaurants around Klang Valley.
Tucked in the bustling Golden Triangle, El Iberico is known for its pork ribs cooked to ultimate perfection. The meat – tender, juicy and well-flavoured – comes in several marinade options including beer, honey and mustard as well as a salt, pepper and paprika spice rub. Here, you can also enjoy their steaks, pork collar, burgers and pizzas all made of the black pork.
El Iberico, Pavilion KL, 168 Jalan Bukit Bintang, Bukit Bintang, 55100 Kuala Lumpur, +603-2210 2631
Talking about fusion recipes, Palillos offers a great way for customers to enjoy the delicious Spanish black pork, Japanese style. Skewered Iberico cuts (from belly to neck), as well as other yakitori staples, barbecued to perfection goes down well with some good ol’ sake.
Palillos Spanish Yakitori Bar, First Floor 18, Changkat Bukit Bintang, Bukit Bintang, 50200 Kuala Lumpur, +603-2210 5051
El Cerdo has been a household name for Iberico pork as far as we can remember. Serving delicious gourmet porky classics, the restaurant is a must-go for special occasions and large gatherings (simply because of their generous servings). From sausages to pork ribs, grilled shoulder steaks to paella laced with streaky pork belly, it is a haven for meat lovers. And if you feel a little fancy, try the exclusive Iberico lamb for a change.
El Cerdo, 43&45 Changkat Bukit Bintang, 50200 Kuala Lumpur, +603-2145 0511
Famous for its roasted pork, Black Market offers a wide variety of Iberico pork dishes from ribs to steaks. Desserts here are also yum, perfect to round up your dining experience here. If you’re planning to come during the weekends, it is best to make a reservation to not be disappointed at the door front. Black Market has also outlets in St. Mary Place and Main Place Mall.
Black Market, 16 Jalan Kampung Pandan, Kelab Golf di Raja Selangor, 55000 Kuala Lumpur, +6017-321 8686
There’s nothing better than tender ribs and succulent pork shoulder. Cerdito serves up juicy chops that celebrate the natural flavours of the Iberico pork – simply with salt and pepper as seasonings. Try their best-selling chargrilled Iberico short rack and their oh-so-good pork sliders.
Cerdito Restaurant, G-11, Kompleks Kenari, Jalan Kenari 19A, Bandar Puchong Jaya, 47100 Puchong, Selangor, +603-8082 7118
If you’re heading to Oasis Damansara during lunch hour, Iberico Kitchen will be brimming with customer simply because everyone agrees that their food is fantastic. Husband and wife, Wilson and Saphir Lee chanced upon the Iberico pork, fell in love with it and several years later, found themselves with a restaurant specialised in cooking the Spanish meat – the healthy way. The homey restaurant serves up signature dishes such as the Honey Glazed Iberico ribs and even house specialty, Iberico Pork Noodle Soup.
Iberico Kitchen, R-06, Oasis Piazza, No. Oasis Damansara, 2, Pju 1 A, Ara Damansara, 47301 Petaling Jaya, Selangor, +603-7859 9396
The Barn is truly a paradise for meat-loving diners. You can find everything from Wagyu beef to Tomahawk steak, rack of lamb to the acorn-fed Iberico pork ribs. Their dishes are perfect for sharing; so it’s great to gather your friends and family for a big feast. Their roasted pork pizza is also a must-try.
The Barn, Level 4, Pavilion, Kuala Lumpur, 168, Jalan Raja Chulan, Bukit Bintang, 55100 Kuala Lumpur, +603-2110 3223