Restaurants & Bars San Francisco Bay Area Oakland

Yung Kee, Oakland

Yvonne | | Jan 13, 2002 08:30 PM

I stopped at Yung Kee in downtown Oakland (corner Webster and 9th) for dinner on Friday. I had a craving for roast duck, hopped off BART, and arranged for 3 friends to meet me there. I didn't have the Chowhound recommendation for best duck from Melanie' aunties so I randomly picked Yung Kee since I haven't tried this one. We tried the $28 family dinner. First came a small plate of BBQ-duck and soy sauce chicken. It was pretty good, not spectacular, but not enough to satisfy my craving so we got another half duck and half chicken. Next came a soup of clear chicken broth with slices of beef, snow peas, carrots, and straws mushrooms. I think this was on the menu as Sliced pork soup but was definitely beef. The soup was very clear and refreshing and the beef and vegetables fresh-tasting. Salt and pepper spareribs were very spicy-more so than any other place's salt and pepper dishes. I love salt and pepper dishes but this might have been a little excessive. Very fresh pea sprouts with garlic. I ordered the same dish at Daimo (in Richmond) just last week and the comparison was fresh in my mind. It seems that Chinatown restaurants have fresher veggies because I definitely preferred Yung Kee's version. We also had a delicious clay pot dish -roast pork with catfish. There were large chunks of catfish, charsui, dried shiitakes, and fried tofu in a rich borwn goopy sauce. I loved it and it was perfect for hte cold night. The catfish was a bit bony but that's to be expected, I guess. The entire meal cost us $50 and we had enough for a dinner for 2 the next night. Service was very friendly but I had a difficult time communicating with the young waitress in English and Mandarin. Dinner here was great but I admit I'll probably eat my way through Oakland's BBQ places before returning.

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