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Jan 24, 2001 08:04 AM

Chinese New Year: Whole roasted pig, Cleveland

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We went to a New Year's feast last night and the main event was a whole roasted pig. Crisp, crackly skin with moist and tender meat. Excruciatingly rich. Apparently, one can order these in advance from Asia Foods (market), on Payne Ave. anytime. This was a crowd of about 130 guests, so a large pig was provided. The host told me a smaller suckling pig (about 20 lbs.) is a better choice in general and obviously feeds a much smaller group. I thought this would be fantastic at a summer cookout. I didn't want to be rude and ask about the cost.

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  1. That was indeed a feast! Whole roast suckling pig runs about $8 to $10/lb. in SF. One restaurant defines suckling as under 13 lbs., another as under 16 lbs. The larger size pigs are priced much less per lb., something like $4 to $5/lb.