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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 cuisine, most people think of sticky rice steamed and pounded and made into the myriad forms of wagashi confections. Glutinous rice, also known as sticky rice, is called mochigome in Japanese. (Kome is uncooked ... read more

Imo Jochu Nama Choco Ganache at Kyoto Daimaru Department Store Valentine Chocolat Promenade

Imo Jochu Nama Choco Ganache at Kyoto Daimaru Department Store Valentine Chocolat Promenade
This year my Valentine’s Day sweet was sweet potato shochu filled chocolate ganache! Regular readers of KyotoFoodie may recall that I was given some delightful fruit vinegar bonbons last Valentine’s Day from Takashimaya. I don’t have a valentine this year so I bought my own. I was encouraged to skip Takashimaya’s ... read more

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 stick and put it next to my front door. That was to prevent the ‘Oni’ demon from entering my house and getting my new year off to a bad start. I didn’t like ... read more

Setsubun Depachika: Shopping for Eho-maki and Sardines at Japanese Department Store Food Court

Setsubun Depachika: Shopping for Eho-maki and Sardines at Japanese Department Store Food Court
Depachika, the basement floor of department stores in Japan, is where some of the best food in the land can be had and at fairly reasonable prices. These food courts are difficult to beat as they are a mix of the best of the best shinise stores as well as ... read more

Setsubun Wagashi: Oni-ni-Kanabo from Kyoto Confectionery Sentaro

Setsubun Wagashi: Oni-ni-Kanabo from Kyoto Confectionery Sentaro
At Setsubun, people in Japan are thinking eho-maki sushi rolls, grilled sardine and roasted soybeans to prevent misfortune and increase happiness. No one thinks of wagashi. Sentaro, a shinise confectionery in Kyoto, made their own unique and tasty Setsubun demon theme roll, but you don't get sushi from a confectionery, ... read more
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Kyoto Cuisine

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