Soba Noodle Dish

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Ingredients:
Soba Noodles
Tofu
Takuan (Japanese pickled radish)
Red ginger
Cucumbers
Green beans
Soba sauce

*Most of the ingredients you could find at your local grocery store. You could also go to the Japanese store (Marukai) to get the soba noodles, takuan, red ginger, and soba sauce.

Fill a cooking pot with about a quart of water (depending on the amount of noodles you are making). As soon as the water comes to a boil, carefully place the soba noodles in the pot. Stir noodles as they cook for 3-4 minutes. When the time is up, quickly pour the noodles in a colander bowl, while running cold water to cool the noodles. You can also add ice cubes to the noodles to keep them chilled.

While the noodles are cooling, you can cut the tofu, green beans and cucumbers that will be placed on top of your noodles. Feel free to add fish, beef, or chicken to the dish. Once the noodles are cool enough, place them in a dish, add your toppings, and pour about a 1/2 cup of soba sauce on top. Enjoy :)

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Restaurant Review: JiST Cafe

Restaurant Name: JiST Cafe
Location: 116 Judge John Aiso St, Los Angeles, CA 90012
Halfsies Rating: ★★★★☆
Halfsies Bank: $$
Genre: American (Asian Fusion)
Great for: Breakfast, Brunch, & Lunch

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What first started out as a mom-and-pop joint, that was known for its chashu dumplings in the 1940s, is now a happenin’ breakfast and lunch dive with heavy Japanese influence.

JiST Cafe is a lovely little breakfast and lunch spot, that sits on first street in the heart of Little Tokyo. Not only is the food great, but the employees are so welcoming and attentive, which makes the experience so much more enjoyable. The decor inside is so artistic and gives the small cafe such a big personality. I love how they placed the plants on the wall, and how they used desk lamps as ceiling lights! So creative!

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Now, onto the best part… FOOD! As I mentioned before, JiST is well-known for all their chashu/pork base dishes. The first time i came here, I had the Chashu Hash Skillet, although a little on the oily side, it was DELICIOUS! Just thinking about it makes my mouth water.. nommmssss!

I decided to change up my order during my recent visit. I ordered the Katsu Sandwich, which was huge! It was a little difficult to eat because it came in more of a flatbread form. I didn’t even attempt to try to make it into a real sandwich – probably because I was STARVING, and ain’t nobody got time for that! My co-worker got Porky Omurice, and based on her silence, I am guessing she enjoyed it.. Did I mention she loves to eat just as much as I do, and persuaded me to share an order of the French toast, which by the way was filled with custard.. OMG! My thighs were very happy.

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I highly suggest you check out this great cafe for breakfast or lunch! Take a look at their website! ENTER WITH CAUTION: WILL MAKE MOUTH WATER.

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