Dropped by Nijiya Market last night for a looksy for a quick dinner. I haven't been here in at least two weeks which is a longer stretch.
As my usual ritual I was OCD photo-documenting anything new I'd come across, intended purchases or not. In the bento section I noticed a newer Ten-don. The Deluxe Hamburg Bento looked attractive but I detailed a hybrid Naporitan tucked in one of the raidused corners and went my merrily way toward the salads. I've really been into eating fresh greens recently.
But glancing up I noticed a cute printed sign that spelled Ni-Ji-Ya-U-Do-N.
Nijiya was selling hot Udon and Soba in the back. I'm so game. The standard is $3.50 with an all you want topping selection of wakame, katsuobushi, fresh negi, and tenkasu. They'll prepare it for you to-go, the soup and udon in separate containers, but had mine for here. Been getting pretty warm during the days but nights are still cooler. Perfect for some hot poka poka udon.
*ポカポカ* The noodles weren't bad at all with a noticeable chew and the slippery sensation called nodogoshi nice and clean. For the price the broth seemed fairly decent though next time I'll be using the free bonito flakes a little more liberally to help bolster the dashi. All in all for $3.50 a pretty fair deal I thought.
I just love it when places try new things. :)
For $0.50 extra you can get either a Sansai (mountain vegetable) or Kitsune version (with Aburaage topping) while the combination with what's available in the deli section would also be fun to mix and match. Half done onsen tamago to tempuras. My choice would be one of their big crunchy croquettes though... :)
I'll be back for some soba, maybe even eat it standing tachigui style. And when the weather does kick in to full summer mode, I'm hoping there'll be a cold option Nijiya? ;)
Nijiya Market, 3860 Convoy St (# 109), San Diego, CA 92111