Best Taste Restaurant in Oakland Chinatown looks unassuming from the outside, but a banner hidden under the awning reveals the restaurant’s specialties: little clay containers of double-boiled soup, and bo zai fan, or Cantonese-style rice clay pots. The soup changes daily, and at $1.99, it’s worth the gamble to see what you’ll get — maybe chicken feet and pork pieces in an umami-rich broth flavored with Chinese dates and goji berries. The most flavorful clay pot is the preserved meat clay pot, full of preserved pork, duck, Chinese sausage, and Chinese bacon that flavors the rice. But the best part awaits at the bottom of the clay pot, which can take up to thirty minutes to make: the golden, crispy rice that’s formed during cooking.

— Katherine Hamilton


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Hours: Mon.-Sun. 9 a.m.-10 p.m.

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