No. 43: Cola Braised Pork at Haven Gastropub

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Cola-braised pork with creamed smoked sweet corn

It might be fair to say that the chefs at Haven Gastropub have a hard-on for pork. Witness Haven's roasted whole-hog parties. Witness their participation in last weekend's Pig Out 1.0. Witness also their Cola-Braised Pork with Smoked Creamed Sweet Corn.


Large cubes of spice-rubbed pork shoulders are browned and simmered in a reduction of cola and brown ale until the pork takes on a dark crust that resembles the bark on long-smoked BBQ, but lacks its smoke. It's somewhere between southern barbecue and sweet-savory, long-simmered Japanese buta no kakuni, and the smoke that would seem so appropriate to the dish actually comes from the creamed corn.

Fresh niblets of sweet corn are stripped from the cob, and those cobs are simmered in cream to steep their sweetness and flavors. The hotel pan full of creamed corn is then smoked to give the dish a backyard grill-roasted profile that enhances and balances an dish that's on the sweet side.

You won't have long to try it, however. We hope the cola-braised pork sticks around after local sweet corn season ends, but it's going to be a challenge to find a side dish as well-paired with the pork.

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49. Gordita de Tinga at El Rincón Chilango
50. Lobster Waffle at Bruxië
51. The Scone at Coffee, Tea and Tulips
52. Huarache de Carnitas at El Paraiso
53. Chivito at Puerto Madero
54. Brizio Combo at Brizio Chicago Style Pan Pizza
55. French Toast at Starling Diner
56. The $7 Three-Item Combo Plates at Yu's Garden
57. Gudeg at Indo Ranch
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60. Any Burrito from Dos Chinos
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62. Sonoran Dog at Rubalcava's
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66. French Toast with Bacon at Flurries Shaved Snow Bar
67. The Venetian Roll at Sushi at The Venetian Gentleman's Club
68. Okaki Asparagus at Hamamori
69. The "Fried Egg" at Eat Chow
70. Nam Kao Tod at Vientiane Restaurant
71. Chicken Ramen at Jinya Ramen Bar
72. Pig Snout at Tacos & Carnitas Sahuayo
73. Kale and Mushroom Flatbread at 320 Main
74. Congee at King Lobster Palace
75. Fish and Chips at Slapfish
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86. Cookie Monster at Lola Ice Cream and Deli
87. Polenta Board at CUCINA Enoteca
88. Falafel Taco at Taco Asylum
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91. Hoppin' John at Memphis at the Santora
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94. "Pork Hash" at Huong Giang
95. Sweet Chili Chicken Quesadilla At Kogi
96. Licuados at Mil Jugos
97. Hawaiian Ahi Poke at California Fish Grill
98. Takoyaki at Takoyaki Tanota
99. Fiesta Noodles at Jollibee
100. Chilaquiles Verdes Con Huevos Estrellados at La Tablita California

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Location Info

Haven Gastropub

190 S. Glassell St., Orange, CA

Category: Restaurant

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OCWeeklyFood
OCWeeklyFood

@GogobotOC Gracias for RT!

GogobotOC
GogobotOC

@ocweeklyfood Sure! Can't go wrong with all the great food news.

OCWeeklyFood
OCWeeklyFood

@Gennefer YAY! Gracias for RT!

Gennefer
Gennefer

@OCWeeklyFood My pleasure! @davidgrossTV & I really need to make it out to the OC more. I'll use your list as a guide! ;)

LAwonders
LAwonders

We had the Cola Brasied Pork from @HavenGastropub at the @LAfoodfest @OCWeeklyFood

HavenGastropub
HavenGastropub

Nice! How was it? RT @LAwonders We had the Cola Brasied Pork from @HavenGastropub at the @LAfoodfest @OCWeeklyFood

LAwonders
LAwonders

@HavenGastropub incredible like everything else on the menu. Hopefully we can make it up for that burger on Monday...

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