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Oakland Kosher Food - Malawach, Green's chocolate babka and 700 bottles of Kosher wine on the wall

rworange | Jan 3, 201004:20 PM     16

The sign outside says "Fresh Meats & Poultry + NY Deli" The sidewalk signboard had a number of specials
- Chicken soup with matzoh
- Chicken Schnitzel w/fries
- Grilled Shoulder Lamb Chops

Inside there is zero ambiance. The little tables huddle between the packed grocery shelves and freezer case, one table taken up by loaves of Greens (of NY) rugulah, chocolate babka and cinnamon babka.

Order at the counter with a small deli case to the left and a fresh meat counter to the right.

I've never heard of a malawach, so I ordered that. According to Wiki it is "is a staple of the Jews of Yemen. Malawach resembles a thick pancake, and it consists of hundreds of thin layers of puff pastry. It is usually fried."

This is a pretty close photo of what I had which included crushed tomato and sliced egg. It was supposed to have hot sauce, but they forgot it.

It was a little oily like a latke can sometimes get oily. The good news is it seems the crushed tomatoes were made from scratch. The bad news is the crushed tomatoes were made from winter tomatoes. They were pink, like the color of red summer ripeness had faded from their memory ... if tomatoes have a memory.

It was ok, and I'd probably try this elsewhere since supposedly they have all sorts of different toppings ... one description of a malawach drizzled with honey sounded good. A little more about Israeli Yemeni breads including malawah

Holy Land had Malawach on the menu, so maybe I'll get over there finally and do a comparison.

Most of the bread seems to be from Metropolis Bakery. At the front of the store is a large Kosher wine selection. The website says prices range from $3.99 p/bottle to $129.99 p/bottle.

Yelp has some very good photos of the store. According to the few yelp reviews, the time this store shines is during the Jewish holidays where the selection increases. I think I might also be interested in dropping by on a Friday to see what they have.

Seriously there are brands I've never seen before locally such as J & J cream cheese, Ungers herring in wine (industrial size), Miller's cheese, Au hot dogs, Aarat hot dogs, a few other brands of Kosher hot dogs, etc. There was a bottle of shav that I haven't seen before other.

I bought a container of Healthy Temptations strawberry yogurt. It was fine, but unless I really, really needed very Kosher yogurt, I couldn't justify paying the $1.50 price. There were a few other brands of yogurt I've never seen.

Most Yelpers say the meat is very good, but pricy. They have organic meat available as well.

The online deli menu only lists half of the menu. There are other items such as hummus bowls with a choice of pita, hot mushrooms, hot garbanzos or shwarma or biscuit cake with strawberries

According to the site their thing is catering "Our catering division caters from the simplest to the gourmet. OKF has catered throughout the world and this year we will be catering in Berlin for over 500 guests. OKF catered an all Chinese menu with authentic sauces on boat for a Bar Mitzvah for 200 guests.. They say they are the preferred kosher caterer for the Moscone Center

The catering menu part of the site is a bit odd. Depending on what link is clicked, different menus appear. A Kosher Chinese buffet is in there.

Under strict Rabbinical Supervision by the Vaad Hakashrus of Northern California

Oakland Kosher Foods
3419 Lakeshore Ave, Oakland, CA 94610

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