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Nestled into the Pacific Renaissance Plaza (the shopping mall at the center of Oakland's Chinatown), this beloved counter-serve is immediately recognizable by the succulent meats hanging in its window, attracting long lines of locals for authentic Cantonese BBQ, jook, and congee. As cheap and comforting as it gets in Chinatown, Gum Kuo's fan-favorite jook (rice porridge) is ideal for a cool and foggy day, particularly the salted pork or preserved duck egg. As for those meats in the window, they aren't just for show: pair your hearty porridge with the incredibly moist BBQ roast pork and you'll understand why the owners of this tiny Honk Kong-inspired joint display them proudly.

Gum Kuo Restaurant Oakland
San Francisco

Gum Kuo Restaurant

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Nestled into the Pacific Renaissance Plaza (the shopping mall at the center of Oakland's Chinatown), this beloved counter-serve is immediately recognizable by the succulent meats hanging in its window, attracting long lines of locals for authentic Cantonese BBQ, jook, and congee. As cheap and comforting as it gets in Chinatown, Gum Kuo's fan-favorite jook (rice porridge) is ideal for a cool and foggy day, particularly the salted pork or preserved duck egg. As for those meats in the window, they aren't just for show: pair your hearty porridge with the incredibly moist BBQ roast pork and you'll understand why the owners of this tiny Honk Kong-inspired joint display them proudly.