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Where to get (tasty) roasted suckling pig?

vincentlo Nov 3, 2010 02:06 AM

Where can I buy (tasty) roasted suckling pig? I live in Palo Alto but often visit Oakland/Alameda. I know fancy Cantonese restaurants like Koi Palace offer the dish, but I don't feel like paying $15-20 for a small plate at a sit-down restaurant. Looking for a Cantonese deli where I can buy a serving or two, i.e., not an entire pig for a wedding.

Koi Palace Restaurant
365 Gellert Blvd, Daly City, CA 94015

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  1. wolfe RE: vincentlo Nov 3, 2010 07:06 AM

    How much does a whole little sucker weigh? How much is waste?

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    1. re: wolfe
      vincentlo RE: wolfe Nov 3, 2010 04:21 PM

      Koi Palace serves a whole suckling pig as a first dish (for a large table of say 10-12) for $190. I bet they remove the bulk of the pig before serving though.

      Koi Palace Restaurant
      365 Gellert Blvd, Daly City, CA 94015

    2. daveena RE: vincentlo Nov 3, 2010 09:41 PM

      Cafe 88 in Oakland has very good roast suckling pig.

      1. monku RE: vincentlo Nov 3, 2010 10:56 PM

        Oakland Chinatown look for bbq places with ducks hanging in the window, they will also have a roast pig hanging. You can buy roast pig for about $7-$8 a pound, they will cut to order.

        A suckling pig is a pig that weighs no more than 25 pounds (see picture). That whole pig you see in the picture sells for about $150.

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        1. re: monku
          vincentlo RE: monku Nov 4, 2010 12:56 AM

          I was actually eating at Cafe 88 just a few days. Great Happy Hour prices (wonderful and certainly not skimpy-portion roast duck with overcooked lai fun soup noodles for just three bucks, same price for rice sticks in soup with ling fish paste). I don't think they had suckling pig, but I'm not sure. Their $14 yellow feather chicken was quite good.

          I do know many of these Cantonese deli places sell roast pork from a mature pig. The skin is too thick, plus you get a way more robust flavor in the meat than a suckling pig (nothing wrong, just different). I am wondering if there are Cantonese deli places that sell a serving or two of meat from a suckling pig for enjoyment by one person, i.e., myself. ;-p

          1. re: vincentlo
            daveena RE: vincentlo Nov 4, 2010 08:17 AM

            Ah, missed the size difference.

            I've always enjoyed the skin on the Cafe 88 roast pig - maybe too much for my own good - it's cooked more skillfully than at other places, so it's usually really crisp. Worth a shot, if the suckling pig search comes up short.

        2. Melanie Wong RE: vincentlo Nov 4, 2010 01:27 AM

          Cheung Hing in Millbrae has suckling pig on either Saturday or Sunday. I haven't had it, but I like the regular roast pig here. I hear it sells out very fast.


          Cheung Hing Restaurant
          245 El Camino Real, Millbrae, CA 94030

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          1. re: Melanie Wong
            myst RE: Melanie Wong Nov 8, 2010 01:13 PM

            I've never seen cheap suckling pig. A little plate is usually $15 to $20. I've seen it at Asian Pearl and Hong Kong East Ocean (the one in Emeryville). ABC in Milpitas also serves it as dim sum dish ($20).
            Fremont Asian Pearl - 43635 Boscell Rd Fremont, CA

            Asian Pearl
            3288 Pierce St, Richmond, CA 94804

          2. monku RE: vincentlo Nov 8, 2010 04:20 PM

            I couldn't help but to post this picture.
            Yesterday in LA eating at Sam Woo BBQ there was this gorgeous suckling pig waiting to be picked up...I had to restrain myself from taking a piece.
            Waiter said it weighed in at a little over 30 pounds cooked and sold for about $185...figure a little over $6/pound.

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            1. re: monku
              kauz RE: monku Dec 31, 2010 09:58 PM

              Yes, that sounds about right. We had one about that weight and price for Christmas dinner. I've only ever seen mature pigs at Chinese delis - I'll have to be on the lookout.

            2. Melanie Wong RE: vincentlo Dec 28, 2010 08:23 AM

              Yee's Restaurant in SF Chinatown often has a little pig hanging next to the regular roast pig. There was one on Friday when I stopped in. I didn't buy any because the cut was on the rib section and I didn't want that much bone at $12 per lb.

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

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                CYL RE: vincentlo Jan 1, 2011 01:43 PM

                It used to be that roast suckling pig was available on weekends going south to Milpitas and north to Millbrae. The Milpitas place I used to go to has since stopped and availability at the place up north, Cheung Hing, has lately become hard to predict. At Cheung Hing, there is the ever present little sign in Chinese placed in the back corner of the deli advertising suckling pig. I was told that it was available on Saturdays and Sundays. However, on a recent Saturday morning, when I made an impromptu stop on my way back after dropping someone off at SFO, they did not have it! I would hereafter always call Cheung Hing ahead of time before making a special trip up there. The last time I got the roast suckling pig last at Cheung high was on a Saturday morning and it was some time ago (~ a year or two ago). It used to come out of the roaster between ten and ten thirty and sold rapidly. Though I was there first, a pushy lady (?) squeezed ahead of me; fortunately, she took two pounds only off the rib section. That left me free to pounce on the whole, boneless neck/shoulder piece that I wanted (I always chop up roast pork at home).

                One can always do your own roast pork at home. Some love crispy skin best and just doing that alone.

                Following photos show:

                1. Cheung Hing suckling pig, neck-shoulder piece, $15 at $12 per lb
                2. Cheung Hing sucking pig, cut up
                3. Koi Palace suckling pig serving, $18
                4. Koi Palace whole suckling pig, $190
                5. Roast pork belly, 2 lbs, ~ $5
                6. Roast pork belly, cut up
                7. Pork skin, $.50 per lb
                8. Roast pork skin

                Koi Palace Restaurant
                365 Gellert Blvd, Daly City, CA 94015

                Cheung Hing Restaurant
                245 El Camino Real, Millbrae, CA 94030

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                1. re: CYL
                  tpc RE: CYL Jan 3, 2011 12:12 PM

                  Following CYL's lead, I have 3 pictures of roast pig, along with two chickens. I attended the Inaugural March of Oakland Mayor Jean Quan from Oakland Chinatown to the Fox theater this morning. We started with a ceremony of a drum and two dragons which serenaded the Mayor-elect, and this was on the table at the Loong Kong Tien Yee Assocation (henceforth Family Association), directly across from the Pacific Rennaissance Plaza in Oakland Chinatown. Jean's great-grandfather took refuge above the family association in Oakland shortly after the 1906 San Francisco earthquake.

                  whole roast pig, uncut

                  rear view, note the two chickens in the background

                  roast pig and two chickens

                  I didn't have a chance to ask where the food came from.

                  1. re: CYL
                    Spireup RE: CYL Mar 16, 2014 12:19 AM


                    What is your recipe for the pork skin?

                    1. re: Spireup
                      RWCFoodie RE: Spireup Mar 16, 2014 05:59 PM

                      Unfortunately CYL passed away in February 2013....

                  2. Melanie Wong RE: vincentlo Mar 27, 2014 10:21 AM

                    Koi Palace continues to be the gold standard for roast suckling pig.

                    But, last month I had dim sum at Imperial Garden Seafood on San Bruno Ave. for the first time in eons and was impressed by its version of suckling pig. No idea how much it costs, not included on the BBQ menu.


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