The thin friendly waiter said that we have to try this. Before he did, he asked if we were vegan and how we found out about the place. Giant Robot was once in downtown LA. We were in a loft in Little Tokyo and I’d frequent the exact spot where Shojin restaurant is located. There was a spot called Cafe Lauren, which was one of the best around. Anyone been there? Recently, I took a walk through, just to see how things are in the mall. I ran into Shojin, it wasn’t open for business yet, but it looked nice. Shojin to my knowledge is a Buddhist related meal. You’ll eat Shojin food if you stay at a Buddhist temple. I’m sure the food won’t be as extensive as what you get at Shojin in Little Tokyo.
I got the Shojin Okara Cake. It’s not okra, it’s okara, which is sort of like the dregs of tofu. This one is mixed with cashew, mushroom , and garlic. Certain Japanese markets will give it to you free, and if you know what you’re doing, it turns out great. Below it is a brown rice porridge which tasted great with the okara.