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Nov 3, 2010 02:06 AM

Where to get (tasty) roasted suckling pig?

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

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    1. re: wolfe

      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. Cafe 88 in Oakland has very good roast suckling pig.

      1. 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

          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

            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. 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

            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. 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

              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.