Every once in a while I get a craving for BBQ duck and head downtown to Sam Woo's to fight the crowd for my right to purchase BBQ duck to go. Although I love BBQ pork, I gave up on Sam Woo's pork because it doesn't have the richness I remember from my childhood, and it's almost always too tough or too fatty.
Walking down Broadway in Chinatown, I spied an old Jonathon Gold article tacked in the doorway of a deli, the words too faded to read. A family was walking out the door, digging into their to-go box of BBQ pork, smacking their lips and making those "ummmmm" noises.
I went in. I bought a duck, and asked for a little piece of pork. The lady behind the counter speared a tiny piece of pork on a plastic fork and gave it to me. It was HEAVENLY! The meat had just the right consistancy, and was coated in a rich, sweet flavor that sent me back to all those childhood lunches in Chinatown when my newly divorced father didn't know what else to do with his kids, so we ate.
The duck was really good, miles above Sam Woo. A much richer flavor. Do I know the name of this place? Nope. It's in Chinatown on Broadway, across the street from Ocean Star and a little further south. Look for the faded Jonathon Gold review on the door.