mj’s yogurt time & deli / chula vista, ca
The best thing about read food blogs and having blogger friends is finding out about neat places that you would otherwise never ever know about, or would probably never try out. I had seen a post on CC’s blog Pink Candles at Ridgemont High about MJ’s Yogurt Time and Deli. Specifically, I saw this magical thing called “longanisa fries” I knew it was something I had to try! She was nice enough to send me some coupons as well – how nice is that?!
Jake and I visited here with his youngest son in tow, right before we dropped it back off at his mom’s house. I recognized a few other places that I’ve seen on CC’s blog as well as the second location for Homestyle Hawaiian (which I still need to get over and try as well).
Here’s the menu. What you do is you pick your “style” first from the first column. Tacos? Burritos? Sliders? Salad? Fries? Whatever your little heart desires, they can do it, man. After you’ve selected a “style”, you move to the next column and pick your “fusion flavor”. There’s a little bit of everything here so you’re sure to find something delicious sounding! They even have breakfast!
[longanisa house fries – filipino style pork sausage with cream sauce, cheese, sesame seeds, asian cabbage slaw and green onions with fries]
Here it is, the Longanisa House Fries! I opted to get this without fried eggs as I’ve been in a non-egg mood lately (Does anyone else ever get in or out of the mood for foods? I used to not ever be “in the mood” for tomatoes but that changed in the last year or so).
I wasn’t really sure about the Asian slaw either, but I went with it, trying to eat it as they intended. Luckily, the Asian slaw is nothing like coleslaw – there’s no mayo on it and instead just has a nice sweetly flavored sauce on it. Jake thought there still could/should have been less slaw on it and more of the sweet longanisa sausage, but hey, he’s a meat kind of guy.
The longanisa is perfectly cooked with a slight sweetness and slight spiciness to it. All of the cheese and sauces on the fries made this whole this pretty damn tasty. It’s a fun twist! Definitely something I’ve never seen anywhere else – like an Asian twist on carne asada fries.
Our coupon specified we get one free item with the house fries, but since there were three of us we got a larger order of the Sliders and they just discounted it off our bill for us. Sweet.
Jake thought these would be like little sliders, you know, like at American places. I read it was on pan de sal bread so I already knew these would bigger. Four of these suckers barely fits in a take out container!
[slider with barbecue herb chicken]
The BBQ Herb Chicken again has that same Asian slaw they use on everything, but with spicy peanut sauce also added into the mix. This has a good mix of flavors from the grilled chicken paired with the slaw and spicy peanut sauce. The peanut sauce wasn’t really all that spicy and it was only hinted at with the other mixture of flavors going on here. We got two flavors for the sliders and of the two, I preferred this one.
[sweet soy & sesame beef slider]
Hey… doesn’t this look just like the other one?! Yeah, it does, but instead there’s BEEF! It’s what’s for dinner, yo.
Jake & son preferred this one over the chicken. The beef was definitely more sweeter than the chicken and I bet that’s why they liked it. I thought it was almost *too* sweet, but maybe that’s just me.
We weren’t going to get anything else here… until I got curious and looked at the flavors and spotted “Avocado Dream” yogurt. Whaaaaat.
Instead of paying by the ounce for the yogurt here, you pay by the cup size. Jake got us a mini but I still didn’t go super crazy. The Avocado Dream is on the right. I think the other flavor is cookies and cream, but I can’t remember for some reason. Ugh.
Anyway, I added some various amounts of nuts, mochi bits, sprinkles and those nonpareil chocolate things. The avocado yogurt had a very nice, light flavor to it. It didn’t really taste super “avocadoy” to me, if that makes any sense. It just tastes like sweet creamy goodness with a light hint of avocado and I ended up liking it a lot.
Thanks, CC, for the super awesome recommendation and the coupons!
MJ’s Yogurt Time & Deli
1550 E H St., Ste J
(between Otay Lakes Rd & Auburn Ave)
Chula Vista, CA 91913