Came across an interesting store on the edge of Oakland's Chinatown - Tin Sing Co. on 198 - 11th St.
@ Oak St? It has a good selection of dry goods at very good prices. They also supply restaurants and small businesses - woks, wok tools, take out boxes, etc. Very competetive prices.....I saw a Gallon of chilli paste for a few dollars. 6 inch bamboo skewers are not that easy to find - they had them @ 29 cents for 100! 5 or 6 varieties of interesting soaps @ 29 cents - sandalwood, jasmine, etc...Another plus is the plentiful parking - it's on the edge of Chinatown. It usually isn't very busy so you don't have to fight the throngs that are common a few blocks away.