Now that the weather has turned chilly after our fabulous Indian summer, thought I’d post about a meal at Best Taste with some cold weather specialties. This is a very unassuming little spot that looks like any number of somewhat dumpy, hanging roast duck-window’d places in Oakland Chinatown. Passing by, I’d have written it off as just another noodle and barbecue joint. Luckily, my sister had been here before with some family members who knew better. A glance around the small room revealed that all the older Chinese patrons had a claypot and double boil soup jars on their tables. (http://www.homemade-chinese-soups.com... )
Indeed those two styles of cooking turned out to the stars at this inexpensive eatery. Double boiled soup of the day was a cleansing stock of duck web, goji berries, and flower mushrooms. The individual servings of soup ($1.99 each) were so fragrant and intensely flavored. The selection changes each day.
The clay pot rice takes a bit longer to come out and I was invited into the kitchen to see the special equipment. These custom burners are designed for making fan bo (rice clay pot dishes).
We tried the Eel and tender green clay pot rice. Adding the seasoning sauce provided in the condiment caddy, the combination was magic.
On request, a couple ladles of hot stock can be added at the end of the meal to the crusty rice stuck to the clay pot to lift up the last bit of goodness.
We also had yu choy (too mature and tough) and at least one or two other dishes. At this point, I can’t remember what they were other than very average. No matter, the double boiled soup and the clay pot rice are the reason to return.
Best Taste Restaurant
814 Franklin St, Oakland, CA 94607