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Black chicken & frog legs at “Best Taste” Chinese, Franklin Street between 8th and 9th, downtown Oakland

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Black chicken & frog legs at “Best Taste” Chinese, Franklin Street between 8th and 9th, downtown Oakland

grocerytrekker | Feb 12, 2007 07:53 PM

A late lunch today.

The server wrote down the name of the special soup of the day on a piece of paper – it will take me forever to decipher, especially since it’s in simplified form (7 characters). Anyway, it had big chunks of “silkie” black-boned black-skinned chicken, ginseng and jujubes. A very refined soup, for $1.99!

I tried their “frog & mushroom porridge”, which had half a dozen big chunks of frog legs. Firm, tasted like good chicken or monkfish. A couple of pieces of ordinary shiitake. Congee was very tasty, a little thin. $4.50

Stir-fried pork kidney & liver with ginger & scallions – They ran out of liver, so it was half kidney and half scallions plus a few big slices of ginger. Very mild and tender, with no hint of “kidneyness”. Some people may prefer the strong taste of kidney - but I liked it mild. $6.50

When I left the restaurant at close to 3 pm, the restaurant was still full. They are doing something right. Going back soon for clay pots and other dishes.

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