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While Japan is a Buddhist culture and vegetables are eaten at nearly every meal, strict vegetarianism is rare. Vegans will have a very difficult time in Japan because nearly every Japanese food, especially soups, sauces and condiments usually contain fish in the stock.

Sakura Hiyashi Udon Tsukemen

Sakura Hiyashi Udon Tsukemen
Sakura Hiyashi Udon Tsukemen (さくら冷やしうどんつけめん) Sakura Hiyashi Udon Tsukemen
The sakura zensen, or ‘Cherry Blossom Front’ is moving up Japan from south to north and is now passing through the center of the country where Kyoto is located. The delicate sakura blossoms don’t last long though, just a few days. It has already begun ‘raining’ cherry petals here and tomorrow ought to be…

Train Food and Seasonal Everything in Japan: Sakura Onigiri, Nanohana Tempura Onigiri

Train Food and Seasonal Everything in Japan: Sakura Onigiri, Nanohana Tempura Onigiri
Train Food and Seasonal Everything in Japan: Sakura Onigiri, Nanohana Tempura Onigiri (さくらおにぎり・菜の花天婦羅おにぎり) Train Food and Seasonal Everything in Japan: Sakura Onigiri, Nanohana Tempura Onigiri Just before catching a bullet back to Kyoto, I ducked into the omiyage/gourmet food court at Shinagawa Shinkansen Station (in Tokyo) to get some omiyage for Paku and some ‘bento’ for my two and a half hour train ride back to ‘old’ Japan.…

homecooking: Chicken Tsukune Nikomi Udon, Hobo Nizakana and Nanohana

homecooking: Chicken Tsukune Nikomi Udon, Hobo Nizakana and Nanohana
homecooking: Chicken Tsukune Nikomi Udon, Hobo Nizakana and Nanohana (鶏つくね煮込みほうとううどん、ほうぼう煮魚、花菜) homecooking: Chicken Tsukune Udon, Hobo Nizakana and Nanohana Chicken Tsukune Nikomi Udon: Udon, Japanese-style chicken meatballs and vegetables simmered in chicken stock-miso soup Hobo Nizakana: Red Gurnard Simmered in Sweet Shoyu-sake Broth Nanohana: Lightly Steamed Rape Blossoms with Sesame Sauce This is a wonderful, late winter dinner that starts with a rich, bone warming hearty soup.…

Owariya — 540 Year Old Soba Restaurant

Owariya — 540 Year Old Soba Restaurant
Owariya — 540 Year Old Soba Restaurant 本家尾張屋 Owariya — 540 Year Old Soba Restaurant 本家尾張屋 Owariya, a purveyor to the Imperial Household, has a history that goes back over five hundred and forty years. It is the oldest noodle shop in Kyoto. Over the centuries, Owariya has served emperors and shoguns as well as the monks of many of the temples of Kyoto. Owariya is very popular…

Komameya — yuba ryori lunch

Komameya — yuba ryori lunch (こ豆や – 湯葉料理ランチ) Komameya Yuba - preview Yuba is another very ‘Kyoto’ delicacy. Yuba in Kyoto comes in many forms, it is made from soy milk. Soy milk is simmered in a large, rectangular pan and as a skin is formed on the surface it is scooped up and is eaten in various ways. Yuba in Japan is often…
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