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Jan 5, 2014 06:43 AM

baby pig?

Where is the best place to get baby pig, whole or otherwise (with crispy skin of course)? Thanks!

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  1. I have a few San Jose recommendations for Chinese style BBQ roast pig.

    Are you interested in SJ ?

    How many pounds does a baby pig weigh ? One place, now closed used to advertise 20, 30, and 40 lb whole cooked pigs . Prices were about $140, $160, and $180

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    1. re: Alan408

      Hmm, SJ a bit far for me (looking for SF) but for future reference, where would you go in SJ? Probably looking for small as possible.

      1. re: barleywino

        My current go to place is Huong Lan on Tully at White

        I have purchased Chinese style by the pound in Chinatown, but just walked into places that we're not crowded

        Daly City has Filipino style places

        I have not purchased a whole pig , by the pound is around $9

        1. re: Alan408

          Thanks! Would also consider places in East bay if any

          1. re: barleywino

            Possibly available at Richmond Ranch 99 deli on special order. I saw a whole pig hanging with what looked like very crisp skin.

    2. On Christmas eve I saw a woman carrying a whole suckling pig out of Yee's on Grant Avenue in Chinatown. Don't know if it was a one-off thing or if they will do it on special order for anybody. Yee's is very popular for roast meats (and low prices).

      If you are talking about crispy-skin suckling pig in a sit-down restaurant setting, you can't beat Koi Palace, IMHO.

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        1. re: soupçon

          A friend made a reservation for a suckling pig dinner for ten at Koi Palace. They wrote it down in the book but gave our pig away.

            1. re: Robert Lauriston

              The suckling pig is a regular part of the dim sum menu at Koi Palace, if one just wants a small plate.

          1. Not suckling pig but delicious juvenile pig can be had at Wei Lee Chinese Food and Donuts (8th and Clement). They always get the younger pigs and don't ignore you when you want ribs only.

            1. I ordered a whole roast suckling pig from Gum Wah in Oakland Chinatown five years ago and then again a year and a half ago. In 2012 it was about $140 for a 30lb pig (~$4.50/lb). I think they had littler pigs (15-20lbs) for slightly more per pound price. I really liked it- the meat was nicely cooked, not too salty, and the skin was crackly.

              The staff there was great. They had a staff member who spoke english which was super helpful as I don't speak Chinese and had questions about the pickup logistics. They package it in a foil lined box so it was easy to pick up. I think that you can ask for it whole (not cut-up) if you want to do the honors yourself, but I got it cut up and they arranged it so it was still recognizably a whole pig.

              When I did a taste test of the various roast pigs, Gold Medal was also tasty.

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                1. re: barleywino

                  I know it's risky but I assume:
                  389 8th St, Oakland, CA 94607
                  (510) 465-1940

              1. On New Years Eve, people were collecting pre-orders of baby pigs at Royal Market, an Eastern European place in the Richmond district.