I'm aware that I'm a total n00b. This question is going to be super open-ended and I apologize in advance. However, here goes: I've recently moved to Oakland and have become totally transfixed by Chinatown. However, I am a total whitey with very little "authentic" chinese culinary experience. I have an adventurous palate and absolutely love to try new things, however I'm a bit intimidated by the lack of english/sheer amount of restaurants and markets it seems like there are. Short of having a chinese friend show me the ropes, WHERE SHOULD I GO AND WHERE SHOULD I EAT? I'm down to try pretty much anything, as long as it's tasty and not just weird for the sake of weird.
Edit: forgot to mention that I am of course down with Vietnamese stuff too. I'm well aware that Oakland Chinatown has an ever increasing Vietnamese population. Also aware that "weird for the sake of weird" varies by culture, tradition and expectation... I'm ok with anything.