One of the best Chinese barbecue shops in San Francisco, Happy Bakery & Deli on Ocean Avenue, was destroyed by fire in August 2011. It's re-emerged in the Outer Sunset as Ming Kee, a full-service restaurant whose popularity hasn't waned even with a change of location. The specialty here is the soy sauce chicken, which has been braised in a salty-sweet marinade until the skin is firm and crisp and burnished to a deep golden brown. Simple poached princess chicken is another favorite; its pale color and nubbly skin belie a complex flavor from a wine-spiked marinade, which is enhanced by the kicky ginger scallion paste that you spread liberally on the hunks of meat yourself. Roasted duck is rarely executed with such deftness, as it hits the sweet spot between too greasy and too dry. Char siu pork is marbled with fat, scented with star anise, sweetened with honey, and has a taste so sweet and succulent it's almost like pork candy. The line is constant for takeout, but the new space also has a full-service restaurant if you want to dine in.
Reservations: Not Accepted