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Sep 8, 2011 10:46 PM

Where in SF can I buy Smithfield ham?

And if it's a Chinese market, what's the best way to ask for it?

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  1. The "Virginia ham" in Chinese markets is a pretty close substitute as I understand it. I've seen it cut in the refrigerator case in slices of 0.5-1.0 lb at Sunset Super. A little goes quite a long way.

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      1. re: bigwheel042

        also at the Chinese market on Clement Street, next to the parking lot in the same block as the 4-Star movie theater (not the produce market, the tiny meat-poultry-fish market at the west end of the string of shops)

        1. re: Cynsa

          New Wing Hing Seafood Market, 2222 Clement Street. Virginia Ham/Smithfield $4.99 lb.

      2. just got some from sunset supermarket, thanks!

        1. It's sometimes labeled as "Jinhua Ham."

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          1. re: soupçon

            Jinhua Ham is type of ham produced in China.

            1. re: Malcolm Ruthven

              I know well enough that it's produced in a suburb of Shanghai, having been to China a dozen times. I've even smuggled some back myself. . But it cannot be legally imported, and I've seen cured Smithfield ham slices sometimes signed as "Jinhua" ham in Chinese characters.

              1. re: soupçon

                Thanks, I didn't get your point before.

            1. re: Mission

              Because it's cheaper to buy a genuine Smithfield ham at a Chinese market and not pay shipping costs or have to wait.

              1. re: Melanie Wong

                Perhaps they are cheaper for a reason?

                Hormel makes lots of of grocery store sandwich style hams.

                But the only one worth a damn is the "Cure 81"
                which is always the most expensive.

                1. re: Mission

                  I imagine they are cheaper because:

                  -the market buys them in bulk
                  -as Melanie said, you don't have to pay for shipping

                  These are not "sandwich style" hams we're talking about. An uncooked, hard country ham ain't Oscar Mayer.

                  1. re: Mission

                    If you open the link and read what I posted and look at the photo, you'll see that the brands sold at the Chinese markets are well-known Smithfield brands. The domestic ethnic Chinese market is a significant niche for Smithfield and has been for many decades.

              2. Ranch 99 carries Gwaltney Ham. It is a subsidiary of Smithfield and located right across the street from the Smithfield factory. I've been there many time. I can't honestly tell the difference between the two.