We went to an excellent restaurant last night and one of us was served pork with an unfamiliar, edible garnish;

what's the white crispy thing?

It was a crispy, long, white item which may have been a little salty and a little meaty, although I'm not sure.

Can anyone identify the White item on this plate?

  • Meaty?? Hmm, my first thought was a fried noodle of some kind. Did it taste of the sea at all? – Jolenealaska May 16 '16 at 9:59
  • Apparently salty, but it wasn't me eating it, so I don't know too much. I get the impression it was an alternative to pork crackling. – Steve Cooper May 16 '16 at 10:01
  • But sooo white! What ethnicity was the specialty of the restaurant? – Jolenealaska May 16 '16 at 10:02
  • It was a British restaurant, entirely modern European. There's a menu on their website but it doesn't include this particular dish -- middlethorpe.com/static/hhh_middlethorpe/uploads/documents/… – Steve Cooper May 16 '16 at 10:07
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    As OP said little meaty, I would say it might be fried pork skin, also called pork rind. It looks similarly textured, the only difference is that pork rind is usually light brown in color, but this is white. If this is a fancy restaurant, I can totally imgine them bleaching the skin somehow to create a white color and be a nice color contrast for the dish. here is a stock photo: dreamstime.com/… – Ron May 16 '16 at 17:16

I haven't got time to make a real answer but here's a recipe http://m.cookingchanneltv.com/recipes/pork-rinds-chicharron.html

The reason it's white is all to-do with light diffusion and the fact the brown 1mm thick crisp pork skin has just been stretched to over 1cm thick.

Think... blowing up a balloon, it get lighter in colour as it gets bigger.

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