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buying a duck

I am trying to find a duck to cook in the SF Bay Area..

Does anyone know where to find one.. (safeway doesn't sell all the time)
this is very popular in Chinese BBQ places so it can't be that hard?
Must one go to fine gourmet food / whole food kind of place to get one?


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  1. If you are not concerned about provenance, your typical asian supermarket such as 99Ranch should have some.

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    1. re: sfbing

      I maybe looking at the wrong row at 99 Ranch,
      I looked at where they sell the different chickens, chicken wings, etc but saw no duck.
      Maybe in the frozen section?

      1. re: CACook

        Hmm. I've bought fresh duck from there before. Just ask the guy at the butcher counter. It is possible that they only have frozen ones.

      2. re: sfbing

        The fresh pekin ducks found at Chinese butchers on Grant, Stockton, Irving, Clement streets, and in Oakland are mostly from Petaluma's Reichardt farms.

        Reichardt Duck Farm
        3770 Middle Two Rock Rd, Petaluma, CA

      3. For frozen pekin duck go to any asian market that has a meat department including Manilla Market on Mission near Silver Ave. They often include all the entrails as well as the head, so there's a little extra work involved. For locally produced fresh duck, Buy Rite usually has Liberty duck from Sonoma or thereabouts. Much more expensive, but you will notice the difference. Call first as they only get deliveries twice a week (or so they did last time I checked).

        1. Do not ask for Joe Penner at ant of those markets. You will date yourself.

          1. Where exactly in the Bay Area? Raley's has frozen duck. Jack's meats in Oakland has duck, though it is frozen.

            1. This is probably too late, but Sunset Super in San Francisco was selling fresh ducks for 2.69/lb yesterday.

              1. In the Berkeley area, you can almost always get fresh local duck, whole or legs, at Magnani's Poultry across from the Monterey Market on Hopkins. At least this was true six months ago and earlier. During every visit, they had fresh ducks in their display counter, and I believe that they were local. I will say that the ownership changed a while back, and at least my initial experiences with the new ownership were not inspiring. Perhaps I need to go back and try them again. I had bought poultry from them when they were back on College Avenue, and then from the Hopkins address after the College Avenue location closed.

                If you can plan ahead and deal with a frozen duck, the most economical place to buy has been at a Cash & Carry. The one in Oakland in the vicinity of East Bay Restaurant Supply has had them every time I have needed them. Although on a recent excursion there the price was a bit over $2/lb, I have bought them there for as little as $1.59/lb, and then stocked up. And no, this was not when dinosaurs roamed the planet. These birds are typically from Canada. Wish they carried goose as well, but it is not as commonly requested.

                I have also purchased fresh muscovy duck from a shop in Oakland's Chinatown. I wish I could be more specific but it was several years ago, and I was taken there by someone who frequented a number of the shops there.

                1. Thanks everyone I went to whole foods to buy one. It was expensive (labelled peking duck), it was free range, frozen and wasn't fat and yielded a good meal.

                  I am still on the look out for cheaper price like listed here so I can try other dishes.
                  I don't live over in SF but I will check those places out.

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                  1. re: CACook

                    Where do you live/shop so that we can be more specific?

                    1. re: Melanie Wong

                      I shop in the Dublin / Pleasanton area

                      1. re: CACook

                        There's another big Chinese, PanAsian supermarket in San Ramon called Le Asia. I haven't been there since it first opened, but you might try there.

                        Le Asia Supermarket
                        9100 Alcosta Blvd, San Ramon, CA

                    2. re: CACook

                      Most places in the Bay Area aren't too far from a branch of 99 Ranch or Lion:

                      99 Ranch: Concord, Cupertino, Daly City, Dublin, Foster City, Fremont, Hayward, Milpitas, Mountain View, Newark, Richmond

                      Lion Food Center: Fremont, Newark, Milpitas, San Jose, Santa Clara

                      1. re: Robert Lauriston

                        For anyone who's reading this,
                        the 99 Ranch in dublin don't have it. I have checked a few times and also asked the meat guy.

                        1. re: CACook

                          No duck in the freezer or no fresh duck?

                      2. re: CACook

                        Yet Sun on 8th near Franklin in Oakland nearly always has fresh whole ducks. Their chickens are sourced from Petaluma Poultry and I would expect the ducks also come from a (relatively) local source. It's a small and crowded space and you may have to make your way past the fish tanks to the back room. A couple of weeks ago, duck leg/thigh cuisses were going for $2.49/lb.