A fully stocked market and meat department!
A hearty portion of Paul's "soft" boudin. We rate it an "A-"
This is a link of the "chunky" boudin. We rate it a "B-"
a highway headed out of town to the south, Paul's is a meat
market/fuel stop. The first thing you'll likely notice is the
sweet aroma of smoked meats, and you are, after all, in the smoked
meat capital of Louisiana here in Ville Platte. We stopped in
the day before Thanksgiving and it was bustling. It was clear
from the number of workers to the elaborate meat offerings that this
place is a full-tilt operation of meaty success.
Ville Platte, LA
Price: $3.59 per link.
Looking for smoked paunce? They have
it by the box load!!!
Presentation: Butcher paper
overkill is the wrapping of choice here. They'll also ask if
you want it sliced.
casing on the "soft" link is flexible while on the "chunky" variety
it seems thicker and sturdier.
Meat/Rice Ratio: More
meaty protein but the ratio of pork to rice is fairly close to even.
Texture: The texture of
the "chunky" variety is surprisingly dense and rubbery. The
flavors are okay, but the texture is less about chunks and more
about compactness. It is hard to explain, but the link really
feels tightly packed like a rubber ball. The "soft" recipe is
more finely ground, looser, and juicier.
Overall Flavor: Each
ink had a clean ricey and pork flavor punctuated by a "just right"
complex of spices. The "soft" variety is more perfectly
blended in both texture and overall flavor. It is much better
than the "chunky" variety. The "chunky" link is less spicy and
the denseness of the link tasts less like chunks of meat and more
Our preference here is for the "soft link." Both are good,
but the "soft" one has more of the texture expectations that our