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Best carry-out duck in the East Bay

sundeck sue Jan 24, 2013 02:49 PM

Tried to tag this onto an earlier "duck" thread, but it seems to have gotten lost in the broader focus on the OP. Trying anew:

What's the best place to pick up a carry-out duck in the East Bay (wanting to shred duck for a salad, so succulence and flavor of meat paramount)?

  1. chefj Jan 24, 2013 08:32 PM

    I like the ducks at Gum Kuo in Oakland Chinatown

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    1. re: chefj
      jaiko Jan 25, 2013 12:04 PM

      Saigon Harbor Seafood on Pierce St., just before the 99 Ranch Mall. The breast meat is bigger and more tender than any other Chinese roast duck we have ever had, in SF or in the East Bay. Toss the sauce, though; it's mostly just boring black soy.

      1. re: jaiko
        chefj Jan 25, 2013 03:50 PM

        I have had it. I did not find it better that usual or better than what is available at Gum Kuo.
        Typically is is served with a bit of the Master Sauce sauce used for Red Cooking not Black Soy

        1. re: chefj
          jaiko Jan 25, 2013 04:39 PM

          We found Saigon's much better than Gum Kuo. But it may be because when we went to pick up a couple of whole ducks from Saigon, we waited 20 minutes. Although they had ducks hanging in the window, they gave us ducks fresh out of the ovens.

          We don't use the master sauce OR black soy when we eat our ducks; both are too salty for us.

          1. re: jaiko
            gordon wing Jan 25, 2013 04:50 PM

            curious about relative prices involved here ...... which one is the best value? ( price and taste ) I haven't bought a whole duck in awhile.

      2. re: chefj
        vincentlo Jun 29, 2013 05:35 AM

        I usually get it from Cafe 88 next door. Is Gum Kuo better?

        1. re: vincentlo
          chefj Jun 29, 2013 09:43 AM

          I have never had the Duck from 88

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        sundeck sue Jan 24, 2013 04:10 PM

        p.s. realize I wasn't clear--wanting an already roasted (as opposed to raw) duck!

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        1. re: sundeck sue
          gordon wing Jan 24, 2013 05:21 PM

          they have duck both ways at most 99 Ranch stores; raw and also already roasted.

          1. re: gordon wing
            wally Jan 24, 2013 05:42 PM

            I have had better results with Daimo and Saigon than 99 Ranch in Richmond.

          2. re: sundeck sue
            PeterL Jan 25, 2013 10:34 AM

            You should try a Ranch 99 (or other Chinese grocery stores). They all have hot food counters and sell roast meats.

          3. PeterL Jan 24, 2013 03:04 PM

            I have had good luck with the Dublin Ranch 99 (not the Pleasanton Ranch 99).

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