Pigs feet for a healthier you

April 7, 2008 4:14:58 PM PDT
One of Japan's more popular restaurants is now open in New York. And on the menu is food that strengthens your hair, cleanses your skin and helps you look younger.

Eyewitness News reporter Lauren Glassberg has the story.

Hsiao-lien Boardman has gathered her family for dinner at Hakata TonTon. The name gives away the fact that it's Japanese. But don't expect any sushi there.

The twist is that everything is made with ton-soku. The translation, pied de cochon. The translation of that?

Pigs feet!

It is the soul foul in south Japan, where the owner, Himi Okajimi, is from. And there are some benefits to serving and eating pigs feet, as he explains through his translator.

"Ton-soku is the only food that you can get cheap and make people beautiful at the same time," he said.

Health benefits? From pigs feet? Well, apparently, they're loaded with collagen. And collagen is good for your skin. It helps prevent wrinkles.

And at Hakata TonTon, the pigs feet are served in a number of ways, from crunchy and deep-fried to dressed up.

It's like a pork dumpling. It doesn't taste like pigs feet, per se.

And get this, there's even pigs feet carbonara.

Imagine eating rich carbonara to help you look younger! Eating collagen won't do for your skin what an injection of collagen can, but for some diners, that's not the point of pigs feet.

For more on the restaurant, visit TonTonNYC.com


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