Archive for the ‘Kamigyo ward (上京区)’ Category

Places to foodie in Kamigyo-ku. The Kamigyo ward of Kyoto, Kamigyo-ku (上京区), in Japanese.

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 of the Imperial Palace.
Kyoto Restaurant 'Hatakaku' - Botan Nabe (Wild Boar Hotpot) 京都畑かく 牡丹鍋Botan Nabe
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Wagashi: Kamishichiken Oimatsu Bitter Citrus Summer Jelly

Wagashi: Kamishichiken Oimatsu Bitter Citrus Summer Jelly
Natsumikan is a bitter Japanese citrus fruit in season during the summer months. Several wagashi confection stores in Kyoto are quite famous for their chilled natsumikan jellies, in which the jelly is usually inside the hollowed out whole natsumikan fruit peel. They are a bit expensive but are quite a dramatic presentation so are often given as gifts. Natsumikan (lit.…

Kyoto Soba Wagashi Shinise – Soba Boro Cookie

Kyoto Soba Wagashi Shinise – Soba Boro Cookie
Soba Boro is a traditional Japanese cookie that is made with soba (buckwheat) flour and lots of egg. The texture is similar to biscotti. It is a traditional Japanese confection and unlike many Japanese confections, it is quite cheap. It is also non-perishable so if you are looking for a light weight, easily transportable foodie souvenir on your visit to…

Kyoto Ice Cream: Soba Boro Cookie Ice Cream

Chibeta: Soba Boro (Cookie) Ice Cream そばぼうろアイスクリーム Soba Boro (Cookie) Ice Cream そばぼうろアイスクリーム
Japan’s Answer to ‘Cookies and Cream’ Ice Cream: Soba boro is a crunchy cookie made of soba flour, sugar and egg, a little bit like a Japanese version of biscotti. Chibeta makes a delicious ice cream flavored with soba boro.…

Kyoto Nishijin Shinise: Tawaraya Meibutsu Udon

Tawaraya Meibutsu Nihon (Two Noodle) Udon たわらや名物二本うどん Tawaraya Meibutsu Nihon (Two Noodle) Udon  たわらや名物二本うどん
A bowl of udon with only two noodles? Is it a rip-off or a find? Though Tawaraya’s famous udon dish is a bit gimmicky, it does have that special and refined ‘shinise’ taste. This is a dish that has been enjoyed, across the street from an ancient shrine, by several generations of locals…
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