SY and VN invited me out for a belated birthday dinner in Oakland after work one day. SY recommended Bay Fung Tong, which is conveniently located within walking distance from my office:
I got there kind of early, but the restaurant was pretty much empty, so I was allowed to snag a table without waiting for the rest of my party:
The place looked rather barren when I first arrived, but was completely transformed by the time I left. Sometime in the middle of our meal, without us even noticing, the restaurant filled to the brim with people of all ages and ethnicities and buzzing with conversation and laughter.
VN ran a bit late, so SY and I ordered. We started off with the chicken and sweet corn soup ($6.95):
I hadn't had deep fried sanddab ($9.95) in what felt like forever, so I requested that we order it:
Bay Fung Tong is known for it's lobster noodles:
It wasn't on the menu and I didn't get to see the bill, but I think it was around 20 bucks. Not bad for lobster.
To add a healthy component to dinner, we added a plate of garlic sauce big pea leaves ($9.50):
At the end, we each got a bowl of complimentary sweet red bean soup:
Every single dish was solid. No skimping on ingredients. Even the lobster. Service may not be the warmest or most attentive, but it's fast. Almost unexpectedly so. And prices are ridiculously reasonable.
Ever since the handful of three-dish-one-soup Chinese restaurants (Chinese peeps know what I'm talking about) around my house closed down, there's been a serious lack of fried sanddab in my life. Bay Fung Tong is a bit out of the way, but I guess I can always swing back after work when the craving hits.
I will definitely be back. Possibly even with my family in tow.
SY and VN, thank you for treating me to such great food and even better company. And I haven't forgotten! I still owe both of YOU belated birthday meals. Let's make it happen!
Bat Fung Tong Tea House Restaurant
1916 Franklin St
Oakland, CA 94612