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Jujubi cafe in Miltipas Square

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Jujubi cafe in Miltipas Square

Wendy Lai | Apr 25, 2004 06:57 PM

Last night we visited this Taiwanese "fast food" place after midnight. Not many places are open that late, but Cafe Jujubi cafe is open unil 3am.

Their menu is simple Taiwanese and some Japanese fare. Everything from 3 cup chicken rice plates, to edamame stir fried with black pepper and seafood udon. Also on the menu are various pearl drinks and shaved ice with different toppings.

We had two orders of the edamame, a seafood porridge, mango monster, and fried bananas. Everything was delicious! I am partial to Taiwanese food because I'm from Taiwan. But at the same time my expectation are higher too. I was super impressed with the black pepper edamames. Unlike the kind served in Japanese restaurants, boiled and salted only, these were so flavorful with the salty black pepper sauce. Even more addictive then they normally are, they make a great snack. Seafood porridge was not what I expected. In Chinese it said it was soupy rice, not porridge. I didn't realize that that meant instead of a smooth, soft squshy rice like Cantonese porridges, this version is just soup poured over cooked rice. While a bit bland on the flavor, overall it was healthy and good to have in the middle of the night.
Mango monster was a big scoop of mango sorbet topped shave iced and chopped fresh mangos. This was another excellent dish. The mangos are nice and ripe, with the shaved ice making a nice crisp contrast to the sorbet.

I've not been to the Miltipas Square in a long time, and was happy to find this new gem. Even after midnight, most of the tables were full. I jokingly said to my husband that good thing he was with me, since he was not Chinese and he didn't have the secret password :) Menu itmes are available in English and most popular dishes have pictures, so non-Chinese would not have trouble ordering.

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