Innovative chefs have come up with some truly mindblowing dishes by mixing unexpected ingredients, but some food are just not meant to be mixed — at the very least, for purely aesthetic reasons.
Case in point: A new Asian fusion restaurant in New York City’s East Village is serving up pieces of juicy pork belly wrapped in clouds of pink cotton candy.
While the sweet and savory combination is actually getting rave reviews from diners, it’s impossible for some Twitter users to get past how absolutely revolting the dish looks once it has been bitten into.
Blech! Twitter users have been left horrified by this image of pork belly wrapped in pink cotton candy from a new Asian fusion restaurant in New York City called Chinese Graffiti
Dr. Jen Gunter, an OB-GYN, joked that it looked like a ‘rogue tampon protruding from a vulva’
The restaurant, called Chinese Graffiti, just opened up at 11th Street and Avenue A in Manhattan two weeks ago.
Andrew Steinthal — who knows a thing or two about good food, with positions at both Zagat and Infatuation — was one of the early diners at the establishment, and shared a picture of the most interesting dish he was served.
‘At a new restaurant in the East Village where they think it’s ok to serve pork belly wrapped in cotton candy and I’m going to have nightmares for the rest of my life,’ he wrote.
Andrew included a picture, which shows a half-eaten piece of pork belly protruding from the middle of a slowly melting bit of cotton candy.
Unfortunately, at first glance, it looks like something much more vulgar.
‘That looks like a rogue tampon protruding from a vulva,’ tweeted OB-GYN Dr. Jennifer Gunter.
Ew! People also left GIFs and memes to express their disgust
Banned! One woman joked that the food image looks so vulgar that she was reporting it
Gross: This person thinks it looks more like an exploding blemish from an episode of Dr. Pimple Popper’s show
Creep: Others compared the dish to a baby bird and something out of Stranger Things
‘Aaaaaand my appetite is gone,’ wrote another.
‘I’m convinced there are things in the world nobody needs. This would definitely make it to the top 10,’ said a third, while yet another tweeted: ‘Wtf. I love pork belly. I like cotton candy. Why would someone create this monstrosity?’
At least one commenter joked that she was reporting the tweet for inappropriate content.
Others compared the dish to a baby bird, something out of Stranger Things, and a mess from an episode of Dr. Pimple Popper’s show.
Andrew told commenters he wasn’t a fan of the taste, either, describing it as ‘very very gross.’
However, he seems to be in the minority. Though the restaurant has only been open for a couple of weeks, it already has a five-star average review on Yelp — and several commenters are calling out the pork belly cotton candy as a must-eat.
‘Best dish of the night: cotton candy pork belly!’ raved one.
They like it! Despite the unappetizing picture, diners who have actually tried the dish and posted about it on Yelp have given it rave reviews
It’s back! Chinese Graffiti’s chef David DiSalvo also previously offered it at the now-shuttered Brooklyn steakhouse Carnem Prime
‘The cotton candy pork belly is delicious!! I know it sounds strange but after you have it you’re like “why didn’t i think of that?” wrote another.
One called it ‘amazing,’ while another ended a positive review with, ‘Oh and the cotton candy pork belly. It sounds weird, but do yourself a favor and order it!’
Diners also appear to have been pleased with other more traditional dishes, like lobster pasta, soup buns, dumplings, and veggies.
Perhaps the most surprising thing of all, though, is that this isn’t even the first New York City restaurant to serve the strange mash-up.
Chinese Graffiti’s chef David DiSalvo also previously offered it at the now-shuttered Brooklyn steakhouse Carnem Prime.
‘I love pork belly,’ DiSalvo told the Village Voice in 2015. ‘And this is really good quality pork. We skin it, score it, brine it, and braise it; then we crisp it to order and spin it with cotton candy.
‘It’s a dish inspired by Jose Andres’s Foie Gras Cotton Candy. But it’s a bit more familiar and accessible.’
Both the Village Voice and Bustle gave the dish rave reviews at the time.