Longjiang Pig foot
Huaxing East is one of the town’s best local food streets and it is easy to get distracted among all the choices. We first noticed this spot from the smell, a sweet soy sauce and meaty fragrance that caught up with us from about half a block away. We followed our noses back to a woman at a large cutting board, working a knife through various chunks of protein dished up from a vat of red-cooking style broth. This outfit shares a spot with a mao cai joint, and tables of customers were digging happily into piles of chopped meat and a side of vegetables spooned over rice. Pork shoulder (肘子) and pork foot (猪蹄) are the main draws, and other offerings include pork intestine (肥肠) , stomach (肚条), pork sausage (肉卷), chicken (鸡肉) or duck (鸭肉). The proteins can be ordered by themselves or in sets.
We’d already eaten two lunches by the time we took note of the spot, but went back the next day with an appetite and got the guy at the till to recommend a double plate (双拼) of their most popular choices. The server brought out a dish of radish soup, which gave the place away as Cantonese food. We were served several minutes later with the shoulder and foot combination. We were impressed with how the meats were cooked; juicy and nicely stewed from the broth without being overcooked. We liked the pork shoulder and pork foot combination, with lots of rich skin and tendon mixed in with the meat. We noticed a placard inside that introduced Long River pig foot as a food with a long and glorious history from the area of Guangdong; no wonder we haven’t found anything else quite like it in town. Meat over rice plates, 13-20 RMB.
75 East Huaxing Street. 华兴东街75号