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Heading up 880 toward home and planning to stop in Oakland for bibimbap last month, traffic came to a standstill in Hayward. I opted to get off the freeway and find something in the immediate area instead. Older posts mentioned The Sister's House and Han Yang in Hayward. Sister won my coin toss.
References on the web name this place Sister House, Sisters House or Sister's House. Here's the facade showing the latter.
Sister's is a small place, just a step up from a hole in the wall. The ladies who work here hover and fuss like loving aunties over their customers.
A nice array of banchan appeared quickly from the pre-portioned out tray in the corner. Ten selections, plus I received another bonus one.
I was quite intrigued by a salty julienne of daikon spiked with briny seaweed and chili flakes. I also liked the soft tofu topped with fried garlic and toasted sesame seeds very much.
I saw the Korean potato salad at the next table and asked if I could have that one too. The lavish mayonnaise, raisins and cubes of apples reminded me of Waldorf salad.
My favorite of the side dishes was thinly shredded daikon amped up with hot mustard. This made a wasabi-like explosion that hit hard and faded away just as quickly.
Beef topping the dolsot bibimbap was tender but did not have any grill flavor. I'd asked if the egg could be raw. Fried, the Korean auntie replied. So I asked for it as uncooked as possible, which was this jiggly state. Toppings here were saltier and the portion a bit smaller than at Secret Garden in Santa Clara.
The rice crisped up nicely to a golden crust. Gochujang was even spicier and funkier with fermentation here. That would seem to be the mark of Sister's, more intensity of flavor all-round.
No soup or dessert here. The cost was the same as at Secret Garden which serves up more quantity and quality, so I would go there given a choice. Yet, I was satisfied with my meal and taken care of well here. So I'm glad I had a chance to try it.
Other opinions of The Sister's House?
The Sister's House
21851 Mission Blvd
Hayward, CA 94541
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