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Best suckling pig in S.F Eastern and Western Style

irbaboon Aug 2, 2007 09:09 AM

I will be in SF in Oct. What are currently the best places to get suckling pig A)asian style and B) European style? Also are there any restaurants where you can order a whole small pig for your meal?

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    Ron Goodwin Aug 2, 2007 12:09 PM

    I have always enjoyed the suckling pig in beer sauce at Suppenkuche.

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      bernalgirl Aug 2, 2007 10:36 PM

      My recent experience with Suppenkuche's suckling pig was a very tough, stringy piece of meat with a very gluey bread dumping. I ended up yearning for my tablemate's meat loaf.

      1. re: bernalgirl
        irbaboon Aug 3, 2007 05:36 PM

        Anyone got know of any more places that serve European style Suckling pig?

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          irbaboon Sep 25, 2007 11:17 AM

          Any new info on this for me? I leave at the end of the week

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            contessa Oct 1, 2007 12:02 AM

            Jack Falstaff has excellent suckling pig you can order.

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              irbaboon Sep 24, 2008 03:29 PM

              Same again, I will be in SF at the end of this week!any new or note worthy places in Chinatown for suckling pig?

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      kc72 Aug 2, 2007 09:15 AM


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        irbaboon Aug 2, 2007 09:38 AM

        Some good recomendations for asian style at your link, but what about european style. Also, where gould I get a very small whole one as a meal? as was featured in the Bizare Foods Spain episode?

        1. re: irbaboon
          Robert Lauriston Sep 25, 2007 11:46 AM

          Incanto's also discussed in that link. They'll cook you a whole one.

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            PekoePeony Oct 1, 2007 12:07 PM

            Was in Madrid a couple years ago and that suckling pig at Casa Botin was darn tasty! :) One thing that was really unique about Botin, which I've never seen elsewhere, is that they really use *suckling* pig -- the piglet is quite small and looks to be about two weeks old. All other "suckling" pigs I've had including Cuban, Asian, etc are definitely not at the suckling state (I grew up on a pig farm and we weaned them off at 1 month; Asian/Latin suckling pigs look to be about 2 months old).

            The closest you'd probably get to the Spanish suckling pig is the Latin style at Cuban or Puerto Rican restaurants -- sadly I don't know any in the area to recommend, but hopefully other chowhounds can!

            1. re: PekoePeony
              Melanie Wong Oct 3, 2007 09:12 PM

              Yet another interesting factoid from you, P2! I've been told that suckling pigs are under 15 lbs., is that the 2 month level?

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