According to a Chinese saying, we don't eat to live - we live to eat. So when I moved here from the Bay Area in 2012, I had a tough time surviving, because in Northern California, Chinese food is as abundant as Cuban food in South Florida. There are so many good restaurants that it's a feat for a restaurant to survive for more than a year. The competition is that thick. After enduring more than a year of Chinese food so bad that I'd rather have gone hungry, I found five restaurants that I like. Two of them, Dragon Gate and Pine Court, are comparable to the food back home. They appealed to not only my Chinese-American tastes, but also to those of my picky Chinese immigrant parents. Here are my top five.