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Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Get Your Ass to Oakland for: Shan Dong's Sesame Paste Handmade Noodles

Posted By on Wed, Jun 1, 2011 at 8:48 AM

Noodle-y Goodness. - JONAS MADDEN-CONNOR
  • Jonas Madden-Connor
  • Noodle-y Goodness.

There's not much to say about Shan Dong's Sesame Paste Hand Cut Noodles other than: EAT THEM NOW. But okay, we'll try. Tucked in Oakland's bustling Chinatown, Shan Dong is tiny and unassuming.* However, what lies inside is pure happiness in the form of handmade noodles and dumplings. Our current obsession (it's ever changing) are the Sesame Paste Hand Made Noodles. Perfectly chewy handpulled noodles are coated in a sweet and spicy sesame sauce and served in a huge pile of awesome deliciousness. These noodles have legions of obsessive fans -- people travel from as far as actual China to eat them. Actually, we don't know that to be true, but substitute San Jose for China and we are absolutely positive. Anyway, San Jose is far!

While you're there, get a package of frozen housemade dumplings to go. Rumor has it that they're a favorite lunch on the go for one Mr. Jonathan Kauffman, and that man has TASTE. I mean, it's what he does for a living. How many other people can you say that about? Besides maybe Cookie Monster? And he really just knows cookies!

*I wonder how many times that exact phrase has been used in a review? Oh well, I'm not one to mess with the rules of bad writing!

Shan Dong: 328 10th St. (at Webster), Oakland, 510-839-2299. Tue.-Thu., Sun. 10 a.m.-9:30 p.m., Fri.-Sat. 10 a.m.-10 p.m.

Laura Beck is a founding editor of Vegansaurus! and tweets at mrpenguino. Follow SFoodie on Twitter: @SFoodie, and like us on Facebook.

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