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Nov 12, 2010 09:51 PM

Hakka Restaurant pre-ordered specialties [San Francisco]

Going to Hakka Restaurant next week for Mom's Birthday ..... we pre-ordered the chicken with preserved vegetables last time and enjoyed it. Anyone tried the stuffed duck? or some of the other specialties that can be pre-ordered?

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  1. I've had the stuffed duck twice. Go for it.

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    1. re: Melanie Wong

      Melanie, thanks for the encouragement - I'll work on my brothers and sister to go for it.

        1. re: sfbing

          So we had another fine meal at Hakka Restaurant on Thursday night. Preordered the whole stuffed duck ($48) and the whole Salt & Baked Chicken ($23). The duck is a stunning looking dish - deboned and stuffed with a savory mixture of diced taro?, chinese sausage, chicken or duck? barley, waterchestnuts, mushrooms ..... it was a bit hard to discern all the ingredients because of the small dice. But quite tasty and worth the splurge - although now that I've had this and the Salt & Baked Chicken - I think the Chicken with Preserved Greens ($28) is the best deal and maybe my favorite as far as taste goes. The Salt & Baked Chicken was moist and flavorful, well executed but not as interesting as the Chicken with Preserved Greens or the Stuffed Duck.
          The House special Clams are still as good as ever - don't know where they get those plump clams? Also enjoyed the Chinese Bacon with preserved greens and the House special pan fried tofu. The restaurant was just about full - unlike most restaurants we drove by out in the hinterlands. Service was good as was the complementary soup and the dessert of pumpkin tapioca soup.

          1. re: gordon wing

            Of the two Chicken dishes I have had Salted Baked and Preserved Vegetable Chicken I like the Preserved chicken best.

            I will have to try the Stuffed Duck someday soon.

            Thanks for the report.

      1. What dishes can be pre-ordered that's not on the menu?

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        1. re: K K

          There are 3 items on the menu that specify advanced order:

          1. Stuffed Duck $48
          2. Stuffed Chicken w/ Sticky Rice $28
          3. Chicken w/ Preserved Greens $23

          1. re: baron45

            I believe the duck is stuffed with sticky rice also ..... it comes with a gravy IIRC - only saw it from across the room when I was there.

          2. re: K K

            I do not remember the dishes but there was a page with about ten dishes that need to be ordered ahead of time. I will discuss this with the staff next time I go. One thing I do remember the page was in Chinese. The duck is called eight treasures duck, which maybe sticky rice, Chinese air dry meats and so forth.

            1. re: yimster

              Did wahdoy capture any of the dishes on the menus he posted on our chowdown thread?

              1. re: wolfe

                Yes, he did, it is six dishes written in Chinese. Since my Chinese is not as good as some of the others I only one I remember is the 320 dollar dish. Buddha Jumped over the Wall. I hope some other hound can help out.

          3. can anyone elaborate more on the stuffed duck? i'm trying to coerce some folks into coming here for my late birthday dinner saturday night, but so many of my friends can't guarantee yea or nay. if i reserve this afternoon, is that enough time in advance? their website is not...helpful. otherwise, i was thinking of the salt baked chicken, the pork belly over preserved mustard greens...anything i'm not remembering? i'm checking the threads but they're mostly 4 years old. thanks in advance!

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            1. re: augustiner

              here are 3 photos of the order ahead items. my favorite overall is the chicken with preserved vegetables. the duck is stuffed with many ingredients ( barley? chopped meats and veg ) pricey compared to the others but impressive in its own way. I was not so crazy about the sweet rice stuffed chicken: I've had versions that had crisper skin and a bit more flavor. the chicken with preserved vegetables is savory with the best tasting preserved vegetables I've tasted - they must do a lot of prep on them - they're not musty in any way. this chicken prep is my favorite of the order ahead items that I've tried. the clams with basil are also very good.

              1. re: augustiner

                Happy birthday! Miss you.

                Here's my photo from 2010 of the stuffed duck,
                Caption says, "Amazing stuffing inside boneless duck erupted when gently poked with a knife: lotus seeds, barley, black mushroom, scallops, Virginia ham, dried scallop, and other savories not yet identified."

                I would put the duck ahead of the chicken stuffed with preserved vegetables, but I love them both.

                I would not order the chicken stuffed with sticky rice. It seemed to be a precooked chicken that was then stuffed and fried and had too much of the meat intact. I like just a thin layer and mostly be about the crispy skin and the quality of the stuffing. That's not found here.

                As far as how far in advance to order, what's typical is 24-hours. But that's subject to negotiation with the chef. For the chicken stuffed with preserved vegetables, I suspect that not as much advance notice is needed since it starts wit a salt baked chicken and these are always at hand. The duck is a more elaborate prep, fried then stuffed and braised, and probably needs the full day's notice. But if you order today, you'll probably get your wish.

                1. re: Melanie Wong

                  thank you, both you and gordon wing for your helpful tips. the whole meal is a bit ambiguous still, so i didn't feel comfortable ordering any of the advance order specials. but i hope the meal still happens and if we are happy diners, a more planned out dinner with advance order specials will definitely be on the agenda for the near future.

                  my only experience with hakka cuisine was the pork belly with preserved mustard greens at ton kiang years ago. i hope this dinner happens and that i have praise to report back.