After several good weeks in the East San Francisco Bay area, I have a few food recommendations. These are not tourist establishments nor destinations, these are Hayward Industrial area corner family joints. I have found the restaurants clean and well managed. Hayward has 150,000 residents. It is the sixth-largest city in the Bay Area and a thriving regional center of commerce, manufacturing activity and trade. Known as the "Heart of the Bay," Hayward has capitalized on its unparalleled location to become one of the most desirable business locations for companies in advanced industries.
My first stop was Pho Ty#II, a cozy Vietnamese corner joint at Tennyson and Hespariian. With zero experience ordering, I quickly learned that one dish variation was three quarter of the menu. Pho Bo with beef rice noodle soup. This stuff was killer any way you want to order it. Mine was a strange meat combo that came out steaming hot! DAC BEIT BO VEIN (MEDIUM) with beef, brisket, flank tender. It was a meat lovers dream. The Vietnamese egg rolls were cooked to perfections and complimented the dish very well.
Another great find was New York Pizza at Tennyson and Harder. I ordered the Pesto Shrimp. Wow, what a pizza! Pesto is a savory green Italian sauce made from a combination of basil leaves, garlic, pine nuts, and Parmigiano-Reggiano or Parmesan cheese. The ingredients are combined — in a mortar and pestle or in a food processor — with olive oil and blended until a paste forms. The light green pesto coupled with the fresh bay shrimp was to die for! I couldn’t finish but luckily there was a gentleman outside the door happy to take the carry out off my hands! God uses me when I’m listening!
I couldn’t close without mentioning Tom Kha Gai from Thatsatay in South San Franciso. Literally translated, tom kha gai means "chicken galangal soup." It's made from chicken lightly poached in a silky coconut milk broth which has been infused with galangal (kha), lemongrass, and makrut or lime leaves. This was a recommendation from my son Andrew who recently traveled in Thailand and Malaysia. Not only did I finish all the noodles, chicken, mushrooms, and green stuff; I drank the coconut broth like a Viking! Try it next time you eat Thai.