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Chef Lau (Oakland Chinatown)


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Chef Lau (Oakland Chinatown)

daveena | May 31, 2008 04:05 PM

Had an ok lunch here yesterday - dishes ranged from great to pretty bad - it's one of those places where you need to order carefully - I'd love to know what other people enjoy.

Great: guo tie (perfectly browned bottoms, juicy, flavorful filling), salt and pepper fish (very light and tasty fried fish pieces with garlic and jalapeno peppers), kabocha squash and salted egg yolk fritters (this was something I've never seen before - roughly 1.5" cubes of squash dipped in a fritter batter flavored with salted egg yolk and fried. Really good. Apparently there's a crab version as well. This is from the specials on the wall).

Mediocre: sauteed pea shoots, gai lan (both were a little tough and lacked wok hay),

Bad: Fried noodle dish (I think there was seafood in it, but the dominant flavor was the freezer burn from the noodles), Yangchow-style fried rice (very little scallop, ham, vegetable, etc, and very greasy).

One thing I like about this place is that at least half of the specials on the wall are translated into English. They're not very descriptive, though (I think the kabocha squash dish is listed as "pumpkin and salted egg yolk").

Chef Lau's
301 8th St, Oakland, CA 94607

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