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Happy Bakery And Deli Roast Goose

CYL Apr 1, 2009 08:32 AM

I was by on Sunday with soya chicken and roast duck in mind. While standing in line, I noticed they had roast goose listed on the sign up on the wall. This must be new as I do not recall seeing it at any other previous times that I have been there. I was at first excited to try a half goose ($10.00). It turned out to be a disappointment in that the goose was smallish (about the size of the duck!), the skin was rather limpy without character; though the goose was meaty, it was overly lean and dry and lacking in taste. Duck would have been the better choice than goose. The soya chicken was its usual excellence. I wonder if any other chowhounders have tried their roast goose and can venture comments?

  1. Melanie Wong Apr 1, 2009 10:27 AM

    Thanks for the report, Cuz. Roast goose would be a new thing here. Was it roasted in an oven or soya/master sauce style?

    When I've tried to convince other spots to add goose to the repetoire, some times they'll tell me that they would if they could find better quality geese. Most geese are only available frozen and they're leaner than in Asia. Our local ducks are just better starting material. Sounds like that might be the case here.

    Happy Bakery
    1548 Ocean Ave, San Francisco, CA 94112

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    1. re: Melanie Wong
      sfbing Apr 1, 2009 10:47 AM

      There's at least one place in Chinatown that does roast goose. I'll have to ask my dad exactly where it is, but I think it is the big deli on the block of Grant before it hits Columbus. It wasn't dry--it was a little greasy actually when he bought it.

      1. re: sfbing
        Melanie Wong Apr 1, 2009 10:50 AM

        Yes, Yee's on Grant between Pacific and Broadway has roast goose and lo sui goose. What I didn't like about it is that it's hacked into chunks instead of carved into thin, slices.

        Out on Irving, Toon Kee also has it but I've not tried it there yet.

        1. re: Melanie Wong
          sfbing Apr 1, 2009 06:44 PM

          You could probably get it whole and carve at home? The parental units insist fowl is better that way because the juices don't escape. Personally, I can do without the juice splatter all over my kitchen.

          Hmm. Must check out Toon Kee. I love goose much more than duck.

          1. re: sfbing
            Melanie Wong Apr 1, 2009 07:03 PM

            Yee's is not only a deli but also a full-service restaurant. We'd ordered it for table service, and no one was more upset than me at the way it was cut. Yes, when I get birds to go, I prefer to cut them up at home.

        2. re: sfbing
          Ruth Lafler Apr 1, 2009 10:53 AM

          That would be Yee's -- we had a chowdown there once: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/29442 . But otherwise, goose is hard to come by.

          Yee's Restaurant
          1131 Grant Ave, San Francisco, CA 94133

        3. re: Melanie Wong
          CYL Apr 1, 2009 10:49 AM

          It's oven roasted like the ducks. The only other place where I had roast goose locally was at New China Station in Milpitas some time ago and it too was awfully dry.

        4. Ruth Lafler Apr 1, 2009 09:39 AM

          Happy Bakery on Ocean? Happy Bakery on Irving? Some other Happy Bakery?

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          1. re: Ruth Lafler
            CYL Apr 1, 2009 10:22 AM

            Happy Bakery And Deli is uniquely at 1548 Ocean Avenue near City College in S. F..

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