Ashitibichi or Pigs Feet Soup
I will admit that I was intimidated by this dish. As I stared at the soup, I wondered, “How the heck do I eat the pig foot!”
So I asked Grant Sandaa Murata, chef and Okinawan food enthusiast, to help me understand Ashitibichi. He advised me to press the foot with my chopsticks to see if the meat falls off. If yes, then take the meat off of the side and look for the collagen (fat) in the split between the bones. All of the flavors of the ingredients should have gone into the fat, making the taste sublime. Grant also advised putting in a bit of the grated ginger to the soup before eating. Some people opt instead to dip the pigs foot into a mix of shoyu and ginger.
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