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braised chicken feet @ N.gold Medal & goose query

moto | Apr 14, 200603:50 AM

howdy, 'hounds. Was duck shopping for a batch of noodle soup in Oak-chinatown, and recalled that Ms. Wong's venerated auntie once upon a time cited Yet Sun, yet it didn't register with my sketchy recent memory of duck places. (Said memory in toto goes back to the 50s which of course is worse than useless in the present). Sure enough, the place by that name presently doesn't do duck, it's a fish market. That side of 8th St. has not improved with "upgrades" for my needs, as another nice shop on the same block that used to have a wide selection of home style prepared foods like fried smelts was also "renewed" into a butcher/fish shop, now one of the busiest ones, but not particularly to my liking.

Since I was virtually in front of New Gold Medal, and their ducks looked okay, I gave them a try. We had had a just-o.k dinner experience there back in the beginning of crab season, and that was my sole sampling of their food. The braised chicken feet looked appealing so I bought $2.80 worth (1/2 pt). Usually I get duck directly across the street from NGM, but theirs is a little salty for my taste, and thought NGM's wouldn't be much better or worse either way.

NGM's duck is less expensive by two dollars, and a little smaller/less meaty, but less salty, and slightly sweeter, more to my duck preference, flavor-wise. The chicken feet, covered with bits of garlic and jalpeno, had an excellent flavor, and were the bite-and-chew consistency rather than the nibble-and-suck close to falling apart style. I don't see prepared chicken feet in Oak-chinatown with part of the ankle and shin attached, as my mother and auntie used cook, it's just the truncated foot, but I'd return for NGM's.
To round out that soup I also got some fried shrimp dumplings from the dim sum take out bakery across 8th from NGM, which turned out to be excellent as a stand in for my mother's homemade fried wonton in soup, another dish I can't find in my normal Chinese restaurant routine.

About the Chinese bbq-style roast goose, I searched the site and came up with Milpitas places, but recall seeing a post citing a source in SF Chinatown. Is there a place closer to Oakland than Milpitas for that kind of bird? thanks to all who might offer help, cheers

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