Going to San Jose, CA for a business trip turned out to become a food adventure for me. I went out with a group and one of them is an Afghan immigrant who told us that the area of San Jose and the bay area should have good Afghan restaurants. He continued to say that an Afghan family that owns and operates their own livestock farm and butchery also has restaurants in town.
I had never tried Afghan cuisine before though I have lived in Los Angeles and tried other Mediterranean dishes like kabob but not like the Chopan style which he says translates to shepherd style grilled meat. The simplicity of the recipe that will amplify the taste of the meat is the way it is cooked and served. In contrast to the American BBQ with the sauce variations, the Chopan BBQ is like a dry rub style with more natural ingredients. Imagine you are a shepherd out in the pasture with your herd and you decide to start a fire and cook meat. That is how it is.
In our search, we found Maiwand Kabob House in San Jose just along the E. Santa Clara St not so far from the new downtown area of San Jose, CA. The place is not so busy on that Sunday a bit past noon time except for the wrapped catering orders they are preparing and a few take-outs, we are the only dine-in customers.
We ordered chicken kabob, white and yellow rice, flat bread with the green salsa, and the highlight of course the mix meat lamb and beef Chopan style BBQ. The meat is so tender especially the beef while the lamb cut part of the ribs tasted so good and texture is moist and just a few hints of the lamb aroma. Overall, it was a delicious lunch meal and we topped it off with a unique dessert of ice cream with noodles or I think basmati rice made into noodles.