I had been longing for really good chow fun and was lamenting the demise of Hunan on Franklin/11th in Oakland if only for their chow fun which was great.
Got a reply suggesting several places, including Legendary Palace on Franklin/Webster in Oakland. We went there after work tonight for dinner and had beef chow fun (soft)and for old time's sake Kung Pao Chicken.
The chow fun was perfect. Nice gooeyish noodles, slices of sauteed onion and scallions, bean sprouts, and sauteed beef. It wasn't too oily (just enough), but had the great taste that only chow fun has - sesame oil and wok hay (?)(the taste I can never duplicate at home).
The Kung Pao chicken was good, too. I never saw such an array of ingredients! Chicken, water chestnuts, mushrooms, baby corn, peanuts, onions, chunks of ginger and bits of red ginger, green pepper, red pepper, and chilis. I'm sure there were a couple of ingredients I've left out.
Saw lots of tanks at the back of the place. Is this a good place for crab and fish?
While we were eating, a large heron alit on top of a pickup parked just outside our window. Weird unless one knows of the nearby Lake Merritt Bird Sanctuary. All during the meal he was swooping and landing. Amazing.
On the way out I saw a sign posted on the non-edible fish tank - "Please don't frighten the fish" Images of little kids running up to the glass and shouting "Grrrrrrr" at the fish as they cowered against the back wall of the aquarium.