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Oct 26, 2009 08:03 PM

Best place for Char Siu, Roast Pork and Duck in SGV?

What are the best places for roast meats like Char Siu, roast pork and duck etc? Only decent one I've had is the roast pork in Lunasia. Sam Woo has been generally disappointing, 888 has acceptable Char Siu.

My biggest pet peeve, is their inability of properly de-feathering poultry, i.e bits of the calamus still embedded in the skin.

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  1. Have to say when I go to Sam Woo BBQ in Monterey Park I see almost everyone eating the roast duck and they sell a lot of roast duck to go at $17 each (not cheap) so there must be something to it. Look in the kitchen and they have dozens of ducks hanging to dry. I think their char sui, roast pork and chicken is as good as any place. They probably do more in take out business than they do people dining in.

    1. Which Sam Woo has been disappointing?

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      1. re: raytamsgv

        The Sam Woo in Alhambra on Sixth and Valley has NEVER disappointed when it comes to things like roast duck, soy sauce chicken, char siu pork, etc. Greasy, salty goodness time in and time out.

        1. re: raytamsgv

          I've had the roast duck at the Sam Woo's in Van Nuys, at the 99 ranch market on Sepulveda at Victory, and it was decent enough, but. I certainly can't compare it to anywhere else but the NY Chinese American places I adored in my youth.....but I've got to say, the fried rice was terrible.....

          1. re: Dirtywextraolives

            That branch is easily the worst. The Irvine Culver branch the best. If you eat in on the fancy restaurant side, it's even better. The skin is even crispier than the takeout ones and the layer of fat, not too little, not too much...just right.

            1. re: Porthos

              Not even sure they're related ... except by the fact that apparently Chinese owners care not about tradename infringement.

              1. re: ipsedixit

                I wouldn't be so sure about that.... The Owner of the 99 ranch market chain is now a client of my husband's, wonder if he is aware of that......though I suppose the Sam Woo restos are a completely different entity.....

                1. re: Dirtywextraolives

                  Many of the Sam Woo's are independently owned, and everybody just sort agrees that they can all use the "Sam Woo" English name.

                  It's actually sort of ingenious. Everybody gets to piggy-back off of the brand-name that is "Sam Woo" without really bearing responsibility for doing global marketing.

                  Some Sam Woos are related, but most aren't.

              2. re: Porthos

                Good to know, thanks, but I highly doubt I will be going down to the irvine branch to shop, just not worth the gas I would burn, van Nuys is much closer for me.

          2. Have you tried Beijing kaoya (roast duck)? I don't eat meat, but Lu Ding Ji (鹿鼎记) aka Duck House is pretty famous for this style of food.

            1. 2013 bump

              where can I find the best roast pork? The bbq shop next to Seafood Village has roast bbq pork belly and it was fucking awesome. Where else can I find roast pork belly?

              PAGING CHANDAVKL

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              1. re: ns1

                I'll recommend Ruby BBQ Foods in El Monte

                1. re: blimpbinge

                  hit this place up on Sunday at around 2pm, no roast pork to be found. No soy sauce chicken either, just a couple of ducks on the racks.

                  1. re: ns1

                    man that is disappointing

                    they usually have it, since i get the same thing there every time. sry.

                    what did you get instead?

                    1. re: blimpbinge

                      Went to fortune BBQ on peck instead. It was okay but not like the place next to seafood village...

                      1. re: ns1

                        yea sry ns. forgot to mention they are a very small operation. but not having one of their signature items on sunday is kind of unexpected.

                        1. re: blimpbinge

                          blimbinge: what time have you been visiting? I dropped by twice and they were out of the macau roast pork :(

                          1. re: TonyC

                            I've been going weekdays around 12:15pm. I usually call ahead, but they never start cutting it until I arrive. This may be one of the places where you need to call ahead every time.

                            1. re: TonyC

                              I went today around 1145am. Attached pics:

                              The rack of roast pork was actually a lot larger, but the guy ahead of me bought a box full (1lb? or more?). I'm wondering if there are people that just buy the whole thing on weekends for dinners or parties. I haven't tried weekends yet though :x

                              1. re: blimpbinge

                                makes sense now. that wee chunk o pork obvs ain't enough to last on weekends til afternoon time.


                                1. re: TonyC

                                  this. that is seriously such a tiny ass piece of pork.

                                2. re: blimpbinge

                                  and that might be me....i was waiting for some soy sauce tofu while they cut up the 1lb of pork. Would recommend skipping the tofu.

                                  wait..on 2nd thoughts..that's probably the guy after me..i got there at 1130 and some guy came in for that 1 lb 2 lbs gone in 15 mins span.

                    2. re: ns1

                      I've been frequenting Full House Seafood's food court annex in Arcadia for roast meats.

                      Still have yet to find a flawless joint without those nasty feather remnants.

                    3. Monterey Palace, both the main restaurant in Monterey Park, and its BBQ annex in San Gabriel is extremely popular. Best known for the chicken and duck.

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                      1. re: Chandavkl

                        Some of my cantonese (from guangzhou) friends get it from there (MP MPK), but I wasn't sure what they got specifically. They just said it was good, will need to try.