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Gum Kuo--no duck congee, but fresh rice noodle rolls [Oakland]

heidipie | Feb 18, 200501:30 PM

This is the place in Oakland Chinatown that Yimster says has good roast duck and soy sauce chicken. It's in the courtyard of Pacific Renaissance Plaza (with the underground parking garage that is cheaper than the local meters). I took a look this morning at breakfast time. I was sorry they didn't have duck congee on the menu. On the wall they featured frog and geoduck clam congee, but I just had the sliced fish and meat ball, which was tasty with lots of shredded ginger and good fish. The meat balls were fresh, soft and flavorful. I also had the shrimp rice noodle rolls, which were large, very soft and gooey, and, it turns out, made fresh to order with batter poured into a flat steamer in the front of the shop, right by the roast meat counter. I'd never seen it done--pretty cool! What looks like the one to get is the sauteed mushroom and yellow chive rice noodle roll. Many people were getting take-out orders of crullers wrapped in rice noodles. The rest of the menu is rice plates, BBQ and noodle dishes.

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