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Kendejah Liberian food truck | Lake Merritt - Oakland

Melanie Wong | Jul 7, 202011:10 PM    

Today was my introduction to Liberian cooking at the food truck of San Leandro's Kendejah Restaurant that's parked at Lake Merritt six days a week. I noticed it more than a year ago but could never find a parking space nearby to check it out. What was different today is that a line of cars with "Funeral" stickers were parked in the Lakeshore median, so I pulled in behind them. Shameless, I admit it.

I'd read that Tuesday is the best day of the week to visit the San Leandro brick-and-mortar for the specials. However, the truck serves the regular menu only and none of the specials. The proprietor did point out that my combo plate of Oxtails and Jollof Rice, $19.99, was priced $3 less than getting take-out at the restaurant. I also ordered the Potato Greens side, $7, which is almost creamy, yet vegan, braised spinach with some yam leaves.

The oxtails came cleanly off the bone, barely, with firmish meat. I prefer my oxtails a bit softer, but many consider this the ideal texture. They're bathed in a rich, aromatic gravy that somehow tasted familiar and foreign at the same time. Allspice? The jollof rice was not as heavily seasoned as some versions I've had, and I think I like Kendejah's version better. The velvety greens were bathed in oil and though rather simple, very delicious. I was pleased with my food and look forward to exploring the restaurant's more extensive menu.

On Tuesdays through Fridays, the truck is parked on Lakeshore, just north of Broadway. On Saturdays and Sundays, it's on the other side of Lake Merritt. The truck accepts credit cards and ApplePay.

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