WS describes how Boulud prepares one of its signature dishes -- rillons croustillants au poivre:
In Bar Boulud's charcuterie room, situated in the basement kitchen, an 8-pound piece of pork belly sits in a hotel pan.Sounds absolutely yummy.
The 2-1/2 inch-thick slab of meat looks fabulous, the layers of fat and lean meat resembling geological strata.
... After the brining and poaching, the meat is cooled until it is ready to be used in a dish. ... (One of the chefs) heats up the deep fryer and cuts three pieces of pork belly .... While the rillons are cooking, Boulud makes a design with Dijon mustard on a white plate. The crisped rillons are then sprinkled with cracked black and white pepper and positioned on the mustard.
A couple of tufts of dressed frisee complete the plate. Time to eat.