Shojo

9 Tyler St
Boston, MA 02111

Sorry I haven’t blogged in ages! I got crazy busy with MIT madness, but it’s all good now. Finals are coming up, so that means I’m almost a senior (what?). I also managed to turn 21 years old, and my CSC big, Annie, took me out to a wonderful dinner in Chinatown. We went to Shojo, a super trendy restaurant that serves everything…. TAPAS STYLE! Yep, that’s right. Trendy = tapas now apparently, and tapas is one letter different from my name, Tara (minus the s, and capitalize the T), so clearly this was the perfect place for me to celebrate this monumental day.

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To begin, Annie insisted that we order the cold tea for two, which was oolong tea infused with vodka, peach de vigne, and lemon. It was a pretty strong pot of cold “tea,” and I thoroughly enjoyed the hints of peach, lemon, and alcohol.

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To start off, we ordered Wu-Tang Tiger Ribs, which came with basil, shallots, and peanuts. The glaze was flavorful, and the meat was so tender that it came right off the bone after a gentle poke.

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Next, we tried the Cashew Shrimp Bao, which came with mayo shrimp, spiced cashew, and charred broccolini. Obviously, they used broccolini instead of broccoli because broccoli would be too large for the cute little sandwich. It was a pleasantly savory mini sandwich that stood out with the bits of crunchy cashews.

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We also tried the Suckling Pig Bao, which included jalapeno, kimchi, and smoked BBQ sauce. The sauce was surprisingly spicy, but the soft bun and the tender pork made this mini sandwich delicious as well.

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Next, we ordered the Chicken and Waffles v3.0, which came with fried chicken atop of a bubble waffle. Although I’ve never been to Hong Kong, these egg waffles are apparently popular street food snacks there that you can pull apart bubble by bubble. The waffle itself was bit dry, but the fried chicken was probably the most tender fried chicken I have ever had, so it was a net positive experience.

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Lastly, we ordered the Ramen Noodle in Peanut Sauce, which seemed like an interesting take on the traditional cold sesame noodle dish. The noodles were thick and chewy, but the peanut sauce overwhelmed them a little too much.

All in all, Shojo was the perfect place to use my ID for the first time for things other than airport security and driving. Definitely give it a try! 9/10