Sure, San Francisco’s Chinatown is world-renowned, but why not hop the Bay to Oakland’s Chinatown? It’s less hectic, possibly more authentic, and almost no tourists. I especially recommend Shan Dong, which I will go on record as saying that they have the best dumplings in the East Bay. Not to mention everything else on the menu, including their hand-pulled noodles. A dish will cost you around $7, so it’s pretty reasonable. Insider tip: you can request to purchase frozen dumplings in bulk to take home and ration out over your week. It’s also close to both the 12th Street and Lake Merritt BART stations.
328 10TH Street (at Webster)
Photocredit: Yelper Esther Y.