Chinatown in Boston doesn't only have hole-in-the-wall Chinese and Vietnamese restaurants like Gourmet Dumpling House or Gene's Chinese Flatbread Cafe, but you can also find a hip Asian-fusion restaurant with solid cocktails at Shojo.
You'll find dishes like Chicken and Waffle v3.0 (five spice butter, syrup $13)
Their chicken and waffle is made using Hong Kong style waffles. Egg puffs!
Charred Eggplant Ttukbokki (Korean rice cake, red chili, mozzarella, $8)
The Korean rice cakes are mixed with spicy eggplant, topped with cheese and baked until the cheese is melted.
Wu Tang Tiger-style Ribs (Thai basil, shallot, peanuts, $8)
Now, a lot of people also come to Shojo for cocktails.
They have a solid, Asian-inspired cocktail list, divided into two sections. The citrus-based cocktails had drinks like Kamehameha with Thai chili infused vodka, Fire Puncher vodka, coconut milk, and lemon ($11). Pictured to the left is the Mara Jungle Bird (Black Strap rum, bittermelon campari, pineapple, lime, $11). Look at that garnish! Isn't it fun? It reminds me of a kappa ...
For a more spirit-forward cocktail, I tried the Yakuza Old Fashioned made with Nikka Coffey Grain whisky, bitter caramel, and bitters ($13)
Suckling Pig Bao, smoked bbq sauce, kimchi, jalapeno ($9)
Thai Soup and Shrimp balls (coconut lime broth, squid ink shrimp dumplings, enoki mushrooms, $8)
Bang Bang Bolognese (hand-slapped noodles, beef, Szechuan peppercorn, $11)
One thing I like about Boston is that I can get solid cocktails along with good Asian food at quite a number of places, including Shojo. Some of their fusion dishes are pretty fun and unusual - even if not all were homeruns - I especially liked the tteokbokki. They always play some kung fu movies in the background, which kept me entertained when eating alone at the bar.
9A Tyler St
Boston, MA 02111