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Sensational Skewers

It’s the world on a stick with these impaled delights, from Turkey’s Döner to Japan’s Kushiyaki

Poke Fun: Satay at Singpore's Banana Leaf
Photograph by Anais & Dax

Japanese: Kushiyaki
At Sakura House chef-owner Yoshi Hiro Matsumoto has been plucking precisely cooked ingredients from a smoldering kushiyaki grill for more than 20 years. His delicacies go beyond chick-en-centric yakitori and include a broad array, from pork-wrapped quail eggs and brussels sprouts to potato-stuffed jalapeños. » 13362 W. Washington Blvd., Marina del Rey, 310-306-7010.   

Singaporean: Satay
Bamboo-pierced meats pervade every night market from Myanmar through the Malaccan Straits to Indonesia. The satay at Singapore’s Banana Leaf replicates the Asian hawker standby, complete with banana leaf backdrop. Try it with longtong, soft rice cakes, which taste amazing when dipped into peanut sauce. » Farmers Market, 6333 W. 3rd St., Beverly Grove.   

Iranian: Koubideh
For many, a pile of basmati rice alongside kabobs epitomizes a Persian meal. Asal Bakery & Kabob puts a less formal spin on this cuisine, pairing its sausagelike beef koubideh with sangak flatbread. As turmeric-laden meat juices soak into the spongy loaf, we plan our next visit. » 20008 Ventura Blvd., Woodland Hills, 818-436-2353.

Brazilian: Rodizio Churrascaría
From the cattle-raising estancias of southern Brazil comes rodizio barbecue, which at Gaucho’s Village translates to a carnivore’s all-you-can-eat baccha-nal. Waiters roam the room slicing top sirloin, filet mignon, fillet of lamb, and other fleshy tidbits from skewers the size of Genghis Khan’s swords. » 411 N. Brand Blvd., Glendale, 818-550-1430.

Manchurian: Yáng Ròu Chuàn
These grill-them-yourself lamb kaboblets get their punch from a crushed chili-and-cumin dip. The owners of Feng Mao emigrated from a Korean enclave in northeast China, where kimchi and a range of speared in-nards are de rigueur. Also taking the heat: quail, small fish, and huge head-on shrimp. »3901 W. Olympic Blvd., Korea-town, 323-935-1099.

Turkish: Döner
The gently seasoned meat thwacked from a vertical spit rates among Turkey’s edible triumphs. Café Istanbul celebrates döner as an entrée, with a plateful of grilled vegetables and hummus; as a wrap, with garlic sauce; and is-kender style, with tomato sauce, yogurt, and butter. » 326 S. Beverly Dr., Beverly Hills, 310- 5534545.  

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