Jamón Ibérico: The ‘Best Ham in the World’ at Clearance Prices

Jamón Ibérico: The ‘Best Ham in the World’ at Clearance Prices

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If you’ve ever been to Spain or are a ham connoisseur, you’ll know that Jamón Ibérico (which comes from Spanish Black Iberian pigs) is the world’s most expensive cured ham, and that they are up there in the ranks of foods like caviar and truffles. You’d also know that they are eaten raw, much like Parma or Serrano ham.

Up until 2008, even if you had money you couldn’t purchase it in the United States. You see, Jamón Ibérico only accounts for 8% of the ham produced in Spain, and to qualify for the label the pigs must be at least 75% Black Iberian breed.

The First Taste & The Hunt for More

From my personal experience, I fell in love at first bite when I tried some Jamón Ibérico at La Mi Venta in Madrid (featured in the video below).

Restaurante-LaMiVenta from KULY TV on Vimeo.

Like a hamstruck Spaniard, I looked high and low for it in London but getting a hold of some was a total pain in the neck. This stuff is so rare that it seems illegal, except that it isn’t!

The Hong Kong Dilemma

Curiously, I found some Jamón Ibérico Bellota at City! Super at IFC in Hong Kong recently. With legs of ham hanging and a sign that claims that it the “Most Delicious Ham in the World,” I rummaged through the thin bags of hand-sliced ham and saw that at HKD$350 (RM143) for 100gm, I had better think twice about getting some.

Did it make sense to pay that much for such fleeting pleasure?

Alas, I decided against the indulgence and headed to the Amedei chocolate rack.
So why would I share this story only to present you with an anti-climax? Because that’s not happening! You are one line away from possibly the happiest foodie smile in the world…

Most Sabahans Don’t Know What it Is

Yesterday, we found some Jamón Ibérico at Tong Hing Damai by chance. Joy, be thankful you can get it in KK!

But we bet nothing can prepare you for the fact that they are being sold at…

80% off the regular price!

Why?!? We don’t know for sure but think it’s because it’s either too expensive, or that most Sabahans don’t know what it is. Sure, we realize clearance may mean that it is expiring soon or that it may look less appealing, but we’ll take a chance knowing that it’s been curing for 3-5 years anyway. You can always cook with it if you’re worried. (Disclaimer: Eat at your own risk.)

Now you may think that sweeping 5 packs is excessive, but when are we ever going to pay RM67 for RM388 worth of Iberian porcine? For US$22, that’s likely never!

But the real point of this post is that, there’s still about a dozen bags left in the fridge and we thought you should know about it. 😉

Want to learn more about Jamón Ibérico? AskMen.com has a great article: Jamon Iberico: 5 Things You Didn’t Know.

How to Get There

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Tong Hing Supermarket Damai
Ground Floor, Blok A, Lrg Pokok Kayu Manis 1,
Damai Plaza, 88300 Kota Kinabalu, Sabah
Tel: 088-24 5800
Opening hours: 10:00am – 10:00pm daily

Happy hunting and iBuen provecho!

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2 thoughts on “Jamón Ibérico: The ‘Best Ham in the World’ at Clearance Prices”

  1. I love it, I think its worth every penny ! Shame Tong Hing is so far away… Seems like such a shame to cook something that tastes so amazing as it is… I’d take chance and get food poisoning for that price 😀

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