Am making pork buns tomorrow as a main (I know they're usually not). What would be a good side to serve?

  • Posted by: Megan
  • March 19, 2016
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lisa March 26, 2016
Chicken nuggets with Worcestershire/peanut butter sauce! What else would you serve with a main dish of pork buns? :)
 
Patty March 20, 2016
This is a favorite: http://cooking.nytimes.com/recipes/1017752-asian-red-cabbage-and-walnut-salad and it would be terrific with those delicious pork buns. But don't skip the cucumbers. They will be great too.
 
Megan March 20, 2016
Thanks, everyone!
 
Susan W. March 20, 2016
It's such a meal in itself that I would hesitate serving anything with it. It's sort of like asking what to serve with a BLT. Rice would be way too starchy for my taste. Oooo...how about a quick cucumber kim chee? I have a recipe somewhere. I'll come back with it if I find it.
 

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chez_mere March 20, 2016
I would do an Asian-style slaw with shredded Napa cabbage, grated carrots, a dressing of tamari, rice (or Chinese black) vinegar, peanut oil, garlic, ginger, chili flake, maybe a squeeze of lime? And top it with toasted sesame seeds. Fresh, bright and crunchy to contrast the soft rich porky buns.
 
Joy H. March 20, 2016
Why not serve another Momofuku dish like fried Brussels sprouts with fish sauce?
 
cookbookchick March 20, 2016
Yes, cucumbers as a side would be too much cucumber. How about some sort of Asian slaw? Or the green beans LBF mentioned.
 
Megan March 19, 2016
Steamed (Food52's Momofuku pork buns) with pork belly. I'm putting cucumber in them, according to the recipe. Think cucumbers as a side would be too much? I like the fried rice with edamame!
 
Stephanie March 21, 2016
Can you ever really have too much cucumber?
 
LE B. March 19, 2016
which pork buns:baked, steamed, wonder bread 'sandwich' w/ pork filling? I guess whichever one it is, they are all somewhat rich, though not really heavy. Were it me, I would make a crunchy green beans side and /or spicy cucumber coins (Barbara Tropp recipe) and maybe fried rice with edamame etc.
 
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