Yes, you are reading mmm-yoso!!! the blog about food. Kirk is gradually acclimating to this time zone. Ed (from Yuma) has already returned (to Yuma) and had no acclimatization problems. Cathy has been here all along and has had no changes in her environment, so she continues sharing posts about food.
My first encounter with this blog was more than seven years ago, when I was searching for more information about one of our favorite ethnic markets, located on Convoy street. So much time has passed, and I've only written one post while I can see over 500 mentions of Nijiya on this blog. The Mister and I shop here for basics, since almost everything sold in this market is organic. We also enjoy dropping in to grab a quick snack and purchase ready made items, sold in refrigerated and covered heated tray areas along the West wall of the store. There is also a new item sold along the counter there.
Noodles with dashi! ($3.50) Tell the nice person behind the counter which noodle you'd like (udon or soba) and they will turn around and go to the back wall of pots and cook up the noodles, bring a bowl of noodles back and give you a choice of four toppings (seaweed, green onion, bonito flakes and those tiny fried wheat balls that will expand in the broth) which you place on top of the noodles yourself, in any amount. The broth is placed in a separate container. You can also optionally add fried tofu (50¢), mixed wild vegetables (50¢), curry sauce ($1.50) and/or seasoned beef with onion ($1.50). We've had this several times, trying the various ingredients.
The above is a bowl with soba and the included toppings as well as the optional mixed vegetables (50¢) before the dashi broth was added.
The above photo is after the dashi broth was poured. For $3.50 plus the 50¢ added vegetables, this is a really nice meal.
Of course, fried foods are available here...and make a nice, quick snack. The above area is covered croquettes and patties of wonderful handy snacks.
This is the $1 vegetable croquette. Always crispy, never greasy and a medley of slivered carrot, squash, onion and potato.
Chicken Karaage (fried boneless chicken) is pre-packed and on the table in front of the covered croquettes. It's $7.99/lb and this container was $3.76. It's always fried properly and is juicy and usually crispy (we are usually at the store when they are placing the karaage out for purchase)
The Ika Geso Karaage (fried squid) is $12.99/lb, (this much was $2.53) and was a good amount for me to snack on. Crunchy and chewy, I do enjoy this squid when it is hot or cold.
This is called an "Edamame Salad" ($2.49) and yes, that's tuna on top. There are also red kidney beans and corn on top of the lettuce-cabbage mix. The dressing is peanut butter and soy based and really goes well with the various flavors.
There's also a sushi and sashimi area (of course) and this is called "Diamond Chirashi" ($6.99) Plenty of various fish and shrimp pieces, cucumber and egg on top of organic rice, all topped with large fish roe.
There's a small refrigerator at the counter and also near the cash registers that has both a cold and a hot section. I always grab a can of hot green tea (~$1) when I'm here.
I hope everyone is having a good week!
Nijiya Market 3860 Convoy Street, Suite 109 San Diego 92111 (858)268-3821 Website