When it comes to Chinese food, I mostly like the Hunan and Szechuan cuisine, or at least what passes for it in Oakland. Having never been to China, I couldn’t tell if I’m eating the real thing or just some watered-down version for American pallets. I make an exception for Ly Luck restaurant on Fruitvale because it serves fresh food, most of the time, and it’s right in my neighborhood. The quality can be up and down, but I have had a number of large parties in the banquet room that were top notch. I think it’s best to go there in a group of 5 or more to be able to sample a number of dishes. Try the Salt and Pepper Shrimp or Eggplant with Black Bean sauce. Open 11 to 9, 7 days a week.