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baby pig?

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!

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    Alan408 RE: barleywino Jan 5, 2014 07:05 AM

    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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      barleywino RE: Alan408 Jan 5, 2014 07:15 AM

      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.

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        Alan408 RE: barleywino Jan 5, 2014 07:29 AM

        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

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          barleywino RE: Alan408 Jan 5, 2014 08:24 AM

          Thanks! Would also consider places in East bay if any

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            wolfe RE: barleywino Jan 5, 2014 09:14 AM

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

    2. soupçon RE: barleywino Jan 5, 2014 09:28 AM

      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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        barleywino RE: soupçon Jan 5, 2014 11:10 AM


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          Robert Lauriston RE: soupçon Jan 5, 2014 11:21 AM

          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.

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            barleywino RE: Robert Lauriston Jan 5, 2014 11:42 AM

            Ouch! Will avoid

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              Melanie Wong RE: Robert Lauriston Jan 5, 2014 11:46 AM

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

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            rubadubgdub RE: barleywino Jan 6, 2014 11:44 AM

            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.

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              greymalkin RE: barleywino Jan 7, 2014 10:17 PM

              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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                barleywino RE: greymalkin Jan 8, 2014 12:34 PM

                thanks-- what is Gold Medal?

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                  wolfe RE: barleywino Jan 8, 2014 12:46 PM

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

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                hyperbowler RE: barleywino Jan 8, 2014 01:18 PM

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

                1. jupiter RE: barleywino Jan 8, 2014 05:32 PM

                  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.

                  1. vincentlo RE: barleywino Jan 15, 2014 04:09 AM

                    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.

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                      RWCFoodie RE: vincentlo Jan 16, 2014 06:04 PM

                      vincentlo: Normally I would jump on an offer to go in on a roast sucking pig but we're headed out of town until Feb 18th. I'd be interested in the split if you hold off till then... See my profile for email address.

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                        vincentlo RE: RWCFoodie Jan 17, 2014 10:07 AM

                        Sounds great (about the sharing of a roast sucking pig)! I don't think it's a good idea to place an order around the lunar new year (January 31) anyway, since most Cantonese restaurants are swamped with family dinners and special new year takeout items.

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                          RWCFoodie RE: vincentlo Jan 17, 2014 05:24 PM

                          HTC One android touch screen sabotage! Suckling Pig. ;-)

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