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Donabe Genmai Shake Gohan with Ikura and Butter

Donabe Genmai Shake Gohan with Ikura and Butter
Well, well, well. If it isn’t a new KyotoFoodie article! And what have I cooked up for you foodies? Donabe Genmai Shake Gohan: grilled salmon cooked with rice, in Kyoto-style dashi broth, of course, in a special clay nabe pot made especially for cooking rice. The rice is served ‘donburi’ ... read more

Snacking on the Nakasendo

Snacking on the Nakasendo
The Nakasendo (literally “The Way through the Mountains”) is an ancient highway that linked the cities of Kyoto and Tokyo. Dating back to the 7th century, the route was used at its peak during the Edo Period (1600-1868), as one of the Five Highways (“Gokaido”) designated by the Tokugawa shogunate. ... read more

Kyoto Restaurant ‘Hatakaku’ – Botan Nabe (Wild Boar Hotpot)

Kyoto Restaurant ‘Hatakaku’ – Botan Nabe (Wild Boar Hotpot)
Botan Nabe, or wild boar nabe ‘hotpot’, is a dish commonly found in cold, rural, mountainous regions of Japan today. It may surprise you to learn, however, that it was in fact invented in Kyoto by the founder of Hatakaku, a restaurant founded nearly 100 years ago, located just north ... read more

Diamond Lil: My Italian Grandmother and My First Taste of Food with Heart and Soul

Diamond Lil: My Italian Grandmother and My First Taste of Food with Heart and Soul
Lillian Minerva, aged 95. My Italian American Grandmother. I don’t think that Lil was known on Facebook or in the blogosphere, so I want to mention her here today. (Her occupation was that of a typist, she worked long before word processors and computers became commonplace in the office.) Lil was my ... read more

How to Make Hoshigaki (Japanese Dried Persimmons)

How to Make Hoshigaki (Japanese Dried Persimmons)
Persimmons are delicious, but dried persimmons are divine. Totally divine!! Let me qualify that though. There are small, hard, dried out dried persimmons (in Japan they are 'Made in China') and then there are big, plump, soft, wet, sticky, gooey dried persimmons -- sounds decidedly sexy and they are! These ... read more
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Kyoto Cuisine

Kyoto Restaurant ‘Hatakaku’ – Botan Nabe (Wild Boar Hotpot) Kyoto Restaurant ‘Hatakaku’ – Botan Nabe (Wild Boar Hotpot)

Botan Nabe, or wild boar nabe ‘hotpot’, is a dish commonly found in cold, rural, mountaino...

Mamezen Soba: Kyoto-style Dashi Soymilk Ramen Mamezen Soba: Kyoto-style Dashi Soymilk Ramen

Mamezen is another Kyoto culinary treasure and if you are into noodles and, or soymilk dis...

Recipe

Japanese New Year’s Breakfast Uni Ikura Donburi and Champagne Japanese New Year’s Breakfast Uni Ikura Donburi and Champagne

A happy 2011 to all you foodies out there! 2010 was probably the best year of my life, ...

Hearty Mid-winter Salt Pork Mochi Rice Okowa Recipe Hearty Mid-winter Salt Pork Mochi Rice Okowa Recipe

Did you know that mochi rice isn't just for sweets? When you think mochi in Japanese cuisi...

How To

How to Make Hoshigaki (Japanese Dried Persimmons) How to Make Hoshigaki (Japanese Dried Persimmons)

Persimmons are delicious, but dried persimmons are divine. Totally divine!! Let me qualify...

My Original Hiiragi Iwashi Design (Whole Sardine and Holly Leaves) My Original Hiiragi Iwashi Design (Whole Sardine and Holly Leaves)

Last year on February 3rd, the day before spring, I put a grilled sardine head on a holly ...

Kyoto Restaurant + Cafe

Kyoto Restaurant ‘Hatakaku’ – Botan Nabe (Wild Boar Hotpot) Kyoto Restaurant ‘Hatakaku’ – Botan Nabe (Wild Boar Hotpot)

Botan Nabe, or wild boar nabe ‘hotpot’, is a dish commonly found in cold, rural, mountaino...

Kyoto Ice Cream: Gion Kinana – Kinako Ice Cream Kyoto Ice Cream: Gion Kinana – Kinako Ice Cream

Gion Kinana’s fresh-made kinako ice cream, more cream than ice, is the best Japanese ice c...

Chef

Coppa Broth Ramen – Guest Cheffing at Mamezen Coppa Broth Ramen – Guest Cheffing at Mamezen

Wunderkid Chef Dylan Brawn and I guest cheffed at Mamezen last night (Oct 30, 2010). Mamez...

Otokomae Tofu: Interview with Founder and CEO Shingo ‘Johnny’ Ito Otokomae Tofu: Interview with Founder and CEO Shingo ‘Johnny’ Ito

In the last 30 years, two-thirds of the tofu producers in Japan have gone out of business....

Ingredients and Condiments

Japanese Condiment: Furikake Japanese Condiment: Furikake

Furikake is a condiment for sprinkling on rice in Japan. Conventional furikake is of medio...

What is Ryorishu? Japanese Cooking Sake What is Ryorishu? Japanese Cooking Sake

Itadakimono: Recently I visited my favorite sake brewery, Uehara Sake Brewery in rural Shi...

Cooking Utensils

Kana-ami: Traditional Japanese Handmade Metal Cooking Utensils and Kitchenware Kana-ami: Traditional Japanese Handmade Metal Cooking Utensils and Kitchenware

Kana-ami: Traditional Japanese Handmade Metal Cooking Utensils and Kitchenware (京の金網細工 辻和金...

Product

Kyoto Otokomae Tofu: Popular Products Review Kyoto Otokomae Tofu: Popular Products Review

Say hello to my favorite tofu brand: Otokomae Tofu. Otokomae Tofu is a Kyoto company, new ...

Wagashi: Miso Flavored Chigiri Mochi in Wasanbon Sugar Wagashi: Miso Flavored Chigiri Mochi in Wasanbon Sugar

Kyoto Top-ten Foodie Omiyage Souvenir: Miso Chigiri Mochi This is miso flavored gyuhi m...

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