Until 1887, San Jose was home to the largest Chinatown south of San Francisco. But in May of that year, a fire decimated what was, until then, a thriving section of the city dedicated to Chinese food and culture. Yet, the spirit of that neighborhood is still alive and well in various forms today. In 2012, the San Jose Institute of Contemporary Art aggregated thousands of artifacts into an exhibit touching on the history of San Jose’s once-vibrant Chinatown. And while there may no longer be a central Chinatown, San Jose still has an abundance of restaurants putting their own spin on Chinese cooking.