In another thread, "homecookin' " said -
"If you like Hunan food, then drive to Chili Palace or Chi Li Palace in San Leandro. It's off of Lewelling blvd. Ask for the Chinese menu and ask the waitress or the owner to explain what they are. Or bring a friend that reads Chinese. You will absolutly not be disappointed and the food is excellent. If you feel intimiated then perhaps we can have a Chowhound dinner there sometimes."
Would be great if 'hounds who have tried it could recommend their favorite dishes.