I've been working in downtown Oakland for awhile now and have occasionally explored eating options in Oakland Chinatown, with the idea of finding places where I could pop in and pick up snacks (dumplings, buns, ribs, dim sum and other delicacies) to take out for lunch. I've found a couple places randomly that I have walked into and rather ignorantly picked out a few items, and I have been to Cam Huang many times for their banh mi.
However, I have never done any systematic search to find what places or snacks are particularly worth going to or getting. (Doesn't help that I do not know a word of Mandarin or Cantonese.) I wonder if anyone could give recomendations?
I'll eat most things, but I'd like to find some non-fried snacks and some prepared vegetables in the mix. Cam Huang has prepared items other than banh mi but most look so greasy and the vegetables they have are so overloaded with garlic, I'd prefer to go elsewhere.