PB2. pork belly, peanut butter, cranberry-walnut jam, scallion. $13
I went to Jamber for the first time and saw that listed on the menu. Now, I love pork belly, but I was skeptical of this sandwich. How would pork belly pair with peanut butter and jelly?
Well…it pairs deliciously!
Let’s start with the star ingredient — the pork belly. The pork belly was a nice thick piece, which made the sandwich feel hearty without being heavy like I thought it would be. The pork belly was well seasoned and it was not overly fatty or greasy like pork belly could be, but it was still nice and moist and enjoyable to bite into.
The peanut butter was the chunky type, so it added a nutty texture to the sandwich. Since it tasted like ground peanuts rather than a sweetened peanut butter, the peanut flavor complemented the savory tastes of the pork belly very well. The cranberry-walnut jam also was not overly sweetened, so it added a nice fresh element like what I imagine raw tomatoes do for people who like to eat those.
And of course, let’s not forget the bread. The bread was a nicely toasted rustic roll. The inside of the roll was light, so having this roll rather than sliced bread added to the “hearty but not heavy” feel of the sandwich.
Pork belly is usually something that I’ll eat with plain white steamed rice, so I thought the sandwich would be odd…and then add PB&J to make it feel even odder. I was amazed at how well this sandwich turned out. My skepticism from reading the menu completely drained away with my first bite, and I understood why this sandwich totally makes sense.
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