Allie Daddy’s BBQ in San Leandro

by foodhoe on March 10, 2019

15832 Farnsworth Street, San Leandro | 510-878-2228 | Tues-Sun 5pm to midnight.

I recently went with a bunch of food friends to check out Allie Daddy’s BBQ, which is in an obscure little strip mall in San Leandro, buried deep in the suburban labyrinth.  It’s in the Manor Plaza, in an area that seems stuck in time, the restaurants are old school and uninspired and it’s so exciting to find something different like this.   The interior is bright and modern and full of vibrant propaganda-esque murals and artwork where you can enjoy asian bbq, the kind that specializes in skewers, not slabs of ribs, which is a type of street food that has become popular in the Bay Area.

Allie Daddy’s Fried Noodles ($11.99) were full of vegetables and sliced spam that had been vigorously stir fried and had a lovely smoky flavor.

The enoki mushroom ($1.75) was grilled in a small aluminum bin cooked with garlic and green onion down to a juicy stew, then sprinkled with cumin and paprika.

The steamed dumplings ($6.99) were big and meaty and gone in a minute.

We enjoyed a variety of skewers, here is chicken ($2.00), beef ($2.25), lamb ribs ($5.99).  All were dusted with cumin, salt and pepper and sesame seeds.

The octopus ($4.99) had a wonderful char on the tentacles that was so very tasty.

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A Kushiyaki Feast

by foodhoe on January 6, 2019

I have always loved Yakitori, bite sized pieces of chicken grilled on skewers that can be found on the menu of most Japanese restaurants.  Kushiyaki is the generic word for all things skewered and grilled, including meats, vegetables, seafood and so much more…  We recently made a New Years feast of Kushiyaki and grilled everything we could think of, chicken, beef, lamb, veggies, rice balls, bacon wrapped mochi, we even cut up hotdogs and skewered them for my cousin Megu’s boys.

My cousin works at a nearby Japanese Izakaya style restaurant, Itami Ramen in Oakland, where we recently enjoyed a fabulous Yakitori pop up, by the Yakitori Guy.  I definitely need to tell you about that meal later because it really inspired this meal!  Anyways, the restaurant very graciously let us borrow their yakitori grill, which is a special long, narrow trough that we filled up with binchotan, a special Japanese charcoal which burns hot and clean.  It takes quite a while for it to heat up but once it’s hot it stays that way for a long time.

With Kushiyaki, there are basically two flavors: salt or sauce. Salt in Japanese is shio and sauce is tare, which is similar to a teriyaki sauce made with soy sauce, mirin (a type of rice wine used in cooking), sake, sugar, green onion, ginger and garlic that you simmer until it reduces to a thick glaze.  My cousin said the best method is to put the tare in a deep jar and dunk the skewers in, and she was right, this was much easier than brushing it on and the juices from the skewers mixed into the sauce adding their delicious flavors.

Grilling yakitori is not difficult, but you have to pay close attention to each skewer as it cooks over the fire. Cooking yakitori is a two-part grilling technique: first you char the meat, then you caramelize the sauce you brush on the meat.  We learned pay attention and  to move ingredients around on the grill so that they cooked by a combination of direct grilling (right over the flames) and indirect (off the hot flames, where they can cook more slowly).

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