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Jul 27, 2007 09:25 AM

Best take out roasted duck in San Francisco?

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. 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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    1. re: susancinsf

      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.

        1. re: kewlio

          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

            nice one, im not super into crackly skin myself

            i like the roast duck from hing lung

            1. re: Melanie Wong

              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

                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.

        2. 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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          1. re: Ericruo

            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. 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.

            1. I second Cheung Hing on Noriega St.

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              1. re: sylphi

                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

                  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.

                  1. re: Melanie Wong

                    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.

                    1. re: K K

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

                      1. re: yimster

                        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

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

                2. 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