Chinese Restaurants in Live Oak

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The Chinese dumplings that arrive at Zen Dumpling's tables are like small, edible treasure chests. Inside awaits a bounty of savory fillings: veggies, pork, chicken, and beef, all hidden within the dumplings' soft dough exterior. Along with serving food, the staff also enjoys sharing their knowledge of Chinese cuisine. If asked, they may recount how dumplings––which traditionally symbolize wealth––are often served around holidays, potentially indicating gifts of good fortune or durable socks. Their culinary expertise extends to other types of Chinese cuisine, as they also cook chow mein, fried rice, and hot soups filled with the likes of beef tenderloin or spicy fish.

1116 Main St
Watsonville,
CA
US

3617 Union Ave
San Jose,
CA
US

Spicy Town's culinary conductors orchestrate a variety of sophisticated and exotic ingredients, and compose an extensive menu of authentic, traditional Sichuan dishes. Dress up customizable hot pots, beginning with a broth base ($3) and adding edible accessories such as tender sliced beef ($5.95), quail egg ($3.50), napa cabbage ($2.95), and any of seven varieties of noodle necklaces, including egg, shrimp won ton, and friendship ($2.95–$3.50). Midday lunch specials silence grumbling bellies with pan-fried duck tossed in chili and ginger ($7.99) or eggplant in a sweet and spicy Sichuan sauce ($7.95), all served with steamed rice and soup. During dinner, taste buds can elect comestibles, such as brown beech mushrooms stir-fried with smoked pork ($12.95), into mouthy office to rewrite flavor policies and outlaw the presence of Legos.

6154 Bollinger Rd
San Jose,
CA
US

A local foodstitution since 1963, Edna Ray Chinese Restaurant serves up a tasty mélange of dishes in its current cozy confines of Willow Glen with the same friendly service of its former digs in Los Gatos. Head chef Kwong Wing Suen has more than three decades of gastronomic experience in Hong Kong stored beneath his magic hat, which is the same place from which he pulled the expansive menu. Lead off with the egg rolls ($5.55) or wonton soup ($6.25 for two people) before digging into house specialties such as the tangerine chicken ($10.95) or the romantic, wine-sauce-soaked sea fruit known as lover's prawns ($12.95). The kung pao chicken ($9.25) and Mongolian beef ($9.25) can be spiced to any degree, while the pork chow fun entertains the tongue with parlor tricks ($6.75). Pleasant décor and friendly, quick service accentuate Edna Ray's welcoming noshing quarters, which host a bevy of repeat diners seven days a week.

1181 Lincoln Ave
San Jose,
CA
US

For over a quarter of a century, chefs at Sun-Ly Chinese Foods have charmed a stream of loyal customers with colorful meals of East Asian cuisine and warm, friendly service. Like a beloved childhood cartoon dubbed into an obscure dialect of Estonian, the voluminous menu is simultaneously familiar and exotic, plying patrons with classic dishes, such as general chicken and broccoli beef, as well as rare treats, such as honey-walnut shrimp, salt-and-pepper calamari, and peking ribs.:

1075 Tully Rd
San Jose,
CA
US

Drawing on more than 30 years in the restaurant business, Chef Kin Wong exhibits his mastery of authentic Chinese food, stirring pork into seaweed soup, sousing prawns in lobster sauce, and plating heaps of beef or eggplant on sizzling platters. Along with individual portions, Chef Kin encourages group feasts with a dinner takeout menu valid for three-item meals that diners can assemble from a selection of 66 entrees.

1362 S Winchester Blvd
San Jose,
CA
US