Sunday, May 8, 2011

Asian Food Club: Yakyudori

Last Wednesday 5/4 our Asian Food Club met at Yakyudori Restaurant in Kearny Mesa for some Yakitori and Ramen. According to my foodie friend Andy, who happens to be Japanese American, Yakyudori does both yakitori and ramen really well, which is very rare. Each type of meal is a specialty and it's not often that a restaurant does both, let alone does both well. So I got a primer from Andy before going to the restaurant.

When we got there, Shannon and Ryan were already sitting at our big table.

Andy had told me that the yakitori chicken wings are a must-have, so I ordered some.

Who doesn't like salted grilled meat? They were perfectly salted and had just the right amount of crispiness and tenderness. Todd and I shared it.

Andy also said be a little adventurous and order something more exotic. So I ordered grilled beef tongue.

The flavor was very good. The texture was a little more tough than a regular beef skewer and I wasn't used to that. It was also perfectly salted.

Now here is where I messed up and got confused. Andy had said that I should order the "shio" ramen (salted) because that's their specialty. I got confused and ordered the "shoyu" ramen, which is a soy sauce based broth instead. Oops! I didn't even realize this until after the meal, LOL.

I guess I'll just have to go back to Yakyudori and order the shio ramen next time! :D I still liked my shoyu ramen, it was not too salty and the toppings were good. I added the egg and bamboo as my extras. The noodles were perfectly cooked al-dente.

So I liked the food. The company was good too. I enjoyed catching up with everyone.

Next meeting of the Asian Food Club will be Ethiopian food. Yes, I know that's African and not Asian, but we're equal opportunity eaters. :p


  1. Can't wait to see your Ethiopian adventure. I still can't look at the egg that comes in your soup. Tongue? Ewwww

  2. Can't wait to hear about your take on Ethiopian food, my best friend and I used to go to a little Ethiopian place in Nashville that we really liked!

  3. My tummy is rumbling now ... I've got a sudden craving for chicken wings with garlic, chill & salt ... off to ring my local take-away!!! I wonder what I'll be craving after your next outing at the Ethiopian restaurant???


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