There’s a yakitori (grilled meat on skewers) van that parks outside my grocery store. They’re not always there, but they always smell heavenly when I walk by them. In other countries, I’m dubious about street food of any kind (I refused to try anything in Beijing, particularly after I noticed the squid and fish sitting out in the summer heat with no ice), but I have no such qualms about street food here. I trust it to be safe and tasty.
Yesterday, because I’d had to fast for my annual checkup, and that threw both my head and stomach out of whack, I was craving meat in the worst way by dinner time. So when I stopped by the store to pick up salad and breakfast stuff, I also stopped by the truck to splurge a bit. Alas, they were out of my absolute favorite — nankotsu (chicken cartilage) — but I walked away with tsukune (chicken meatballs), negima (chicken w/green onions), beef kalbi and buta bara (pork belly). Four skewers ran me about $4.40, so not too bad at all.
Should’ve eaten them while they were fresh off the grill, but had to doctor the salad first. Still, pretty tasty, and I’ll be back to get my hands on the cartilage and some chicken thigh. And I didn’t see kawa on the list, but crispy chicken skin is also hard to go wrong with….