Zen Ja­panese Food Fast: Chicken Chop Salad

Four lo­ca­tions, in­clud­ing 1303 S. Congress Ave. 444-8081, www. eatzen.com.

Austin American-Statesman - - FOOD & DRINK - — M.S.

Mon­day used to be Hell Night at work, the 14-hour day stretch­ing into 2 a.m. To clear my head, I’d walk the half-mile to Zen for a Chicken Chop. For $5.25, it com­bines the filler and roughage of cab­bage, the pro­tein for­ti­fi­ca­tion of grilled chicken and lit­tle bursts of tex­ture from crispy noo­dles and tiny man­darin orange slices united by creamy-hot al­mond dress­ing. For $5.25. With my chop­sticks and my New York Times, I felt like a South Austin cos­mopo­lite. Ex­cel­lent with hot green tea from a tea bag fat

enough to steep two big cups.

Bret Gerbe

The Aunt Na­dine, with orange and arugula, is one of the ‘Ur­ban Cow­boy’ sal­ads at Som­nio’s Cafe.

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