- barleywino Jan 5, 2014 06:43 AM
Where is the best place to get baby pig, whole or otherwise (with crispy skin of course)? Thanks!
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.
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.
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.
On New Years Eve, people were collecting pre-orders of baby pigs at Royal Market, an Eastern European place in the Richmond district.
Try any of the phillipine markets. Ask for Lechon. Most of my phillipine friends all have their favorites, so i am not sure which market is the best. I am sure that some of the hounds on this board know which market is best. Or you can search the boards for Lechon.
I have been to 5 phillipine feasts with Lechon and each time i swoon and try to grab an ear before some granny gets it.
Roast suckling pig has always been expensive: A small plate at Koi Palace will cost you ~$20. I walked by Cheung Hing in Millbrae last week, and saw a sign inside advertising roast suckling pig. I called them, and was told they charge $168 for a suckling pig up to 10 lbs., and $188 for 10-15 lbs., with an advance notice of 1-2 days. Is anyone interested in sharing a suckling pig with me? I can probably take 2-3 pounds for myself and my friends.