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THE MAILBOX Teri Mena

Published: Wednesday, May. 14, 2014 - 12:00 am

Char siu found

Bill Kenney of Rescue was looking for char siu (Chinese barbecue pork). Last week the Mailbox featured a recipe for char siu from Nina Poole of Kyburz. We heard from many readers with places where char siu could be purchased.

•  Kacy Curran of Granite Bay suggested SF Supermarket in Sacramento near Stockton Blvd. (6930 65th Street #123, Sacramento, CA 95823). Curran says it’s a huge market and it has everything Chinese. She says their char siu is wonderful.

•  Maggie Roth of Sacramento and Audrey Swiderek both recommended Oto’s Market on Freeport Blvd. in Sacramento. Roth says their char siu is delicious. She also said to check out the roasted sesame pork tenderloin recipe in the 1997 edition of “The Joy of Cooking” cookbook, pages 697-698.

• Sacramento Bee reporter Tillie Fong had many helpful suggestions. Ho Chin Food Co. (5069 Freeport Blvd., Sacramento, 916-455-2994) has two varieties, fat and lean. She recommends going to the back of the store where they sell chow mein, char siu, roast pork and roast duck. The char siu is in two serving trays; you ask the clerk to cut them up for you. Fong also shared that Ho Chin make runs to San Francisco to get a variety of dim sum items on Tuesdays and Fridays.

Fong also suggests Goldstar Supermarket (5815 Stockton Blvd., Sacramento, 916-455-2994). Go toward the back of the store on the left. You will see the BBQ pork, roast pork and roast duck hanging in the glass case. You will have to ask a butcher to get the meat and cut it up for you. Goldstar doesn’t always carry the BBQ pork, so you might want to call ahead.

Fong says that the Sizzling Wok at Raley’s (4850 Freeport Blvd., Sacramento, 916-452-6861) often offers BBQ pork as an entree, available for take-out

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