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Jan 6, 2009 04:46 PM

Best Take-out Chinese roast duck or bbq pork?

When I lived in San Francisco, there were about 2-3 places that I would pick up delicious Chinese duck or pork. Since moving to Los Angeles, I've stopped by a few places in China Town and the San Gabriel Valley but nowhere where I would go again. I live in Atwater Village but will drive a decent distance to get my fix. Can anyone help?

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  1. Your title is a little confusing to what your asking.

    I first read it and was like....hmmmm...Duck or Pork?

    Then you read on and you're asking what's the best place to get it!

    Honestly, I like Sam Woo still. I might get trashed by some Chow Hounds but Sam Woo is still pretty good!

    Sam Woo Barbeque
    514 W Valley Blvd, Alhambra, CA

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    1. re: Jaytizzle

      To be specific the best roast duck or char sui is at the Sam Woo BBQ in Monterey Park. They list the duck as "Peking" at the take out counter, but seems like "roast" duck to me. But if you eat in the restaurant you'll notice almost everyone ordering their duck. I'd say 60% of their business is take out. If you look get a chance to look into the kitchen you'll see lots of ducks hanging to dry before roasting. Another surprising thing I see everyone eating there is the sweet & sour pork and that includes the Asian clientele, so maybe they do a good job on that too. They must do a pretty good roast pork because I see several roasted pigs waiting to be picked up on weekends.

      Sam Woo BBQ
      634 W Garvey Ave (1 block east of Atlantic)
      Monterey Park, CA 91754
      (626) 289-4858

      1. re: monku

        The Sam Woo BBQ in Alhambra (on Valley) that Jaytizzle recommends above is better.

        1. re: monku

          I just passed by there and the sign for Sam Woo's is gone. There seems to be another owner there now. I'm still looking for good bbq pork in Monterey Park. I go there once a month for a meeting. Any suggestions? I'm trying to find a take-out place near Atlantic and Garvey. Thanks!

      2. Are you referring to Cantonese roast duck and roast pork? What places have you already gone to? What problems did you find with dishes there? I'm asking because people often have different expectations for those dishes. This is especially true of roast pork, because you can order cuts from different parts of the pig.

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        1. re: raytamsgv

          I think he might be referring to Char Siu. Not sure!

        2. Being the glutton that I am, I am asking about: cantonese roast duck, cantonese roast pork, AND bbq pork (char siu). I was also interested in pei pa duck. If it were possible to find them all done well in one establishment, I may die of happiness (or over eating). I like my duck with really flavorful, moist meat with a skin that isn't too fatty. I think that I went to a Sam Woo's in San Gabriel and the duck was really dry and underseasoned.
          Thanks for all the suggestions so far!

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          1. re: littlepig

            Forget about Sam Woo - Try the roast duck here:

            Monterey Palace Restaurant. 1001 E. Garvey Ave Monterey Park, CA 91754
            Tel -626-571-0888 (Garvey - a little west of New ave)

            1. re: jotfoodie

              I have a vague recollection that a while ago, John Gold, or someone like him, organized what amounted to a take-out Chinese roast-duck throw-down, dispatching various people to various purveyors to return to a central location for comparison eating of roast duck. Time for a new one, and one for Armenian roast chicken, too!

              1. re: silverlakebodhisattva

                And Lucky Deli in C-Town won the Duck Duel...I've been going there ever since publication.

              2. re: jotfoodie

                The roast pork here is among the best I've had--especially the suckling, which is served for dimsum and dinner. Go there early, the roast pork runs out fast and all the regulars know it.

              3. re: littlepig

                Which Sam Woo did you go to? There is one on Las Tunas (next to Albertson's) and another one on Valley and Del Mar in the Chinese mall.

              4. The LA Times a few years back rated Lucky Deli in Chinatown on Broadway number one. I do like Sam Woo's duck and rate it comparable. But that's just me. The old Sam Woo on Garvey closed down I believe last year and reopened to another owner. Haven't been back there but I've heard everything is still the same? When mentioning roast pork (not char siu), there are two kinds, regular and suckling. The suckling will cost you a whole lot more since it's very tender and specialized.

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                1. re: Clinton

                  The former Sam Woo in MPK is an entirely different restaurant now, Sham Tseng BBQ Shop.

                  1. re: Clinton

                    Thanks for the recommendations. Having gone to Sam Woo's for years, I decided to try Lucky Deli. Lucky Deli seemed like an entirely different duck than the ones I've had at Sam Woo (MP and Alhambra). Juicier, more flavorful and tender. I'm gonna have to try Monterey Palace next.