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Best take out roasted duck in San Francisco?

SteveTimko Jul 27, 2007 09:25 AM

I need suggestions for best take out roasted duck in San Francisco. Some place around Chinatown or the north beach area is preferred.

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  1. susancinsf RE: SteveTimko Jul 27, 2007 11:55 AM

    Not near Chinatown or North Beach, butmy favorite for roast duck and roast pig take out: Wing Hing on San Bruno Ave in San Francisco. It is convenient off of the 101, if that helps...

    Wing Hing Restaurant
    2550 San Bruno Ave, San Francisco, CA 94134

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      Melanie Wong RE: susancinsf Oct 3, 2007 04:21 PM

      In August I stopped by Wing Hing for a bowl of roast duck noodles, as shown here,

      The duck isn't browned as much as my favorites, so it has more fat under the limper skin, but the meat stays juicier. Also, unlike other places, Wing Hing didn't drizzle any of the duck jus on the serving. Broth wasn't that good and the noodles were overcooked, so I might just get the duck next time. Actually, I liked the roast pig better, and that might be my order instead.

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        kewlio RE: Melanie Wong Oct 3, 2007 04:25 PM

        that is a gorgeous picture!

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          Melanie Wong RE: kewlio Oct 3, 2007 09:06 PM

          Thanks, for contrast, here's the roast duck at Cheung Hing in Millbrae.
          Much darker and the skin was still crackly, fresh from the oven.


          1. re: Melanie Wong
            kewlio RE: Melanie Wong Oct 4, 2007 10:41 PM

            nice one, im not super into crackly skin myself

            i like the roast duck from hing lung

            1. re: Melanie Wong
              Melanie Wong RE: Melanie Wong Oct 10, 2007 07:35 PM

              We were back in Millbrae yesterday and bought a whole roast duck ($12.50) to take home. Asked for it to be cut in half lengthwise, but not chopped. We didn't get the neck and head, so our duck broth is somewhat poorer for it. I'll watch for that next time. But no problem getting a full 8 ounce jar of duck jus, and probably would have been given more if I'd had a bigger jar.

              Cheung Hing Restaurant
              245 El Camino Real, Millbrae, CA 94030

              1. re: Melanie Wong
                bluecheesewiz RE: Melanie Wong Oct 11, 2007 09:40 PM

                the Cheung Hing on Clement (an 4th) I think is owned by the same folks. The duck there is the best. They give you extra jus without batting an eye. Their take out chicken feet are almost as good as Hong Kong Seafood on Noreiga and its easier to get to from the City [lus its cheaper by the pound.

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          Ericruo RE: SteveTimko Jul 27, 2007 04:54 PM

          I like New Moon and Hing Lung, both on Stockton. If I'm driving, I park at the North Beach garages since street parking is almost never available unless my parking karma is especially good. I'm sure there are others that are great in Chinatown. For what its worth, I've never gotten the impression at either place that I got the most tired duck and that sensation has occurred at some places in Oakland's Chinatown. I'm not even sure if it was a valid impression. Because I buy at New Moon all the time, its not a problem to get a fair portion of the duck juice with the order. I'd suggest being a routine buyer at a place you like, because you get better service.

          Hing Lung Restaurant
          674 Broadway, San Francisco, CA 94133

          New Moon Restaurant
          1247 Stockton St, San Francisco, CA 94133

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            Philip RE: Ericruo Jul 28, 2007 05:53 PM

            It's been several months since I've purchased a duck in Chinatown, but I went to New Moon (I think). The duck was great, and they didn't bat an eyelash when I brought an empty jar to get some extra jus. They weren't skimpy about it either. I got over a pint.

          2. yimster RE: SteveTimko Jul 28, 2007 05:23 PM

            Let me add two more for you Steve

            Gourmet Delight BBQ also on Stockton.

            Cheung Hing on Noreiga accross from Safeway. Cheung Hing is the one I like best but it is out of the way.

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              sylphi RE: SteveTimko Jul 30, 2007 10:57 AM

              I second Cheung Hing on Noriega St.

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                Nancy Berry RE: sylphi Jul 30, 2007 11:37 AM

                I really like Cheung Hing, too. By the way, their char siu is also excellent.

                And if we're venturing this far away from Chinatown, then I must recommend Happy Bakery and Deli on Ocean Ave. for their fabulous roast duck (some say it's the best in the city) and their equally great soy sauce chicken.

                Cheung Hing Chinese Restaurant
                2339 Noriega St, San Francisco, CA 94122

                Happy Bakery
                1548 Ocean Ave, San Francisco, CA 94112

                1. re: Nancy Berry
                  Melanie Wong RE: Nancy Berry Jul 30, 2007 11:43 AM

                  Cheung Hing, Happy Bakery, and New Moon are my top picks for roast duck.

                  Cheung Hing is pretty far out of the way for me, and several times I've made the trek out there only to find that the ducks that day displayed in the window are covered with an unacceptable amount of pin feathers. I don't know what it is about the supplier it uses. The flavor of this duck is excellent, but the skin isn't quite up to Happy Bakery's and even less so when covered with pin feathers.

                  New Moon has a heavier spicing to its seasoning rub with lots of star anise. The folks there are generous in filling a jar with the juices.

                  Happy Bakery probably has my favorite duck. But it doesn't make very many of them. You should call ahead to reserve one, or else take a chance that none is available when you stop by. The good thing is that when you do get one, it's freshly roasted and hasn't been sitting around for a long time. No luck in getting a jar of juice, at most two little plastic thimble-size cups of duck jus with purchase of a whole duck.

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                    K K RE: Melanie Wong Oct 5, 2007 10:54 AM

                    What is the name of this Chinese BBQ deli, it's on Stockton. My memory is walking up Washington from Portsmouth Square garage, and cross the street once you see Stockton, and make a left. It's got an orange looking awning and if I remember correctly, white Chinese letters. It's run by Toishanese, but their BBQ is great, especially BBQ pork spare ribs.

                    Can't recall if the roast duck was supreme, but their marinated duck was pretty good (lo sui gnap), which is another way to enjoy this juicy bird.

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                      yimster RE: K K Oct 5, 2007 12:18 PM

                      How about Golden Daisy, the only other is my favorite Gourmet BBQ a couple of doors down but they are Chungsaiese.

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                        K K RE: yimster Oct 5, 2007 12:23 PM

                        Just checked a yelp picture, the one I'm thinking of is not Golden Daisy though I recall vaguely going inside before. There's a lot of shops that sell similar fare on that strip of the block.

                  2. re: Nancy Berry
                    Annie S. RE: Nancy Berry Oct 11, 2007 12:21 PM

                    Just adding pictures of the tasty duck and soy sauce chicken from Happy Bakery.

                2. Melanie Wong RE: SteveTimko Oct 10, 2007 07:42 PM

                  Has anyone tried the roast duck (or anything) from New King Tin since its reincarnation?

                  Gourmet Delight
                  1045 Stockton St, San Francisco, CA 94108

                  New Golden Daisy
                  1041 Stockton St, San Francisco, CA 94108

                  New King Tin Restaurant
                  826 Washington St, San Francisco, CA

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                    chocolatetartguy RE: SteveTimko Oct 11, 2007 11:40 AM

                    Is Win's in the outer Sunset (Taravel?) not in the running any more? Touted by Patty Unterman. Don't get out that way very often, but last time I was there a few years ago, the duck was very good, especially over the wilted iceberg lettuce leaves. Noodles good too.

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                      Melanie Wong RE: chocolatetartguy Oct 11, 2007 12:47 PM

                      Thanks for mentioning Win's. I'll need to go back to try the roast duck on its own and not in the weird noodle dish I tried. We liked the roast pig very much here.

                      Win's Restaurant
                      3040 Taraval St, San Francisco, CA 94116

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