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Mar 31, 2010 12:47 PM

Chinatown Groceries All-Stars

Hey everyone -

Can people provide some recommendations on particular shops in Chinatown that are recommended because:

- They have better than average quality
- They are known for particular items (eg, Golden Gate Bakery's dan tat)
- They have better than average prices
- They speak enough English to get by

Let's break it down into several categories:

* Produce
* Meat
* Seafood
* Dry goods
* Deli / takeout places
* Bakery
* Specialty stores

Let the recommendations begin! Would love to hear from some Chinatown regulars...

Golden Gate Bakery
1029 Grant Ave, San Francisco, CA 94133

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  1. More often than not, I'll buy Chinese breeds of chicken and duck from Man Sung on Grant. For fresh, black chickens, Ming Kee Game Birds next door.

    I've noticed that there's a new poultry shop on the corner where On Sang used to be. It was open for business but didn't have all the signs up yet when I walked by. Anyone tried it yet?

    Ming Kee Game Birds
    1136 Grant Ave, San Francisco, CA 94133

    Man Sung
    1116 Grant Ave, San Francisco, CA

    1. When it comes to produce, there is unfortunately no hard and fast rule as to which stores do it best in whatever category as I find them overall to be inconsistent at times.

      The optimal way to shop if you are buying say, Chinese vegetables, is to walk the entire block of Stockton (for example) and check out what the places are selling, compare prices, and also take into consideration if certain vegetables and fruits are in season, then pick from the stores that offer them in the best value possible.

      As far as deli's go (that sell Cantonese BBQ pork, roast pork, soy sauce chicken, roast duck etc), I like Gourmet Deli on Stockton. Sometimes the soy sauce marinated duck is decent, but I dig the BBQ baby back ribs there the most.

      1. Good recommendations...keep 'em coming.

        1. Mow Lee Shing Kee for chinese sausage and other dried meats ...... here's a link to a current string .......

          1. Duk Hing (1151 Stockton Street) for steam chicken (around $12) and roast goose (around $20).

            I am also dying to find seafood all stars in chinatown. How do you even buy seafood? I am not familiar with how fish look, most sellers don't speak english and items are not labeled in english. How should I buy?! How do they clean the fish? What are the options - is it just like ranch 99?

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            1. re: chocomel

              If you are OK with 99 Ranch methods, you are probably OK. Just beware of dead dungeness crabs.