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I got a Chinatown BBQ turkey from Quic Pic


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I got a Chinatown BBQ turkey from Quic Pic

Luther | Nov 24, 2012 04:09 AM

You drop off your turkey by the Saturday before thanksgiving (if it's frozen) or by Monday afternoon if it's fresh. You can also purchase one from Quic Pic. Then you arrange a pickup time, which can really be any time on Thanksgiving day. The price is $25 if you bring your own turkey. When you pick up they supply you with a room-temperature turkey in a to-go paper bag, plus a cup of juices and fat from roasting.

The final product was too salty. They brined the turkey for too long, I think, which resulted in it having a ham-like texture and level of saltiness. They also stuff the cavity with a salty spice paste and the whole thing does have a strong delicious Chinese spice flavor. (Same goes for the juices they supply, though if you dilute with water and thicken it makes a great sauce for rice). It's not edible in the same way a regular Thanksgiving turkey is, but if you serve at room temp, in small pieces, with hot rice, it's a lot like eating any other siu mei (hanging meat) type product. But it's still too salty. It's difficult to integrate into a regular Thanksgiving meal because the expectation is that the turkey will in fact be less salty than basically everything else on the table, and a totally unseasoned starch (or plain rice in general) is not part of the available dishes.

I did notice in the process that QP's Chinese name is actually "Fat Boy" (fei4 zai2 肥仔) which if you ask me would make a much better English name for a roasted meat restaurant.

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