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Dining Bar Peace – 100% Vegan in Kyoto

Dining Bar Peace (formerly Cafe Peace) 100% Vegan in Kyoto When I first came to Japan I was almost vegetarian but then I was very corrupted by Japanese food. It is another one of the Japanese contractions that in this Buddhist country it can be very difficult, almost impossible to eat ... read more

Falafel Garden

Falafel Garden ファラフェルガーデン In Kyoto and looking for a quick and cheap (by Kyoto standards) bite to eat that isn't Japanese or looking for a veggie meal? Falafel Garden, is good, though not gourmet, not the kind of Middle Eastern food you could probably find back home. Falafel Garden is located just to ... read more

Isshindo Soba (一神堂そば)

Isshindo Soba (一神堂そば) Isshindo is a very small, outdoor yatai (stall) style restaurant with the atmosphere of the ubiquitous yatai of Japan common near train stations at night catering to commuters on their way home for a quick meal. Isshindo adds just the right amount of style and sophistication to the ... read more

Takaraya Ramen Pontocho (宝屋ラーメン)

Takaraya Ramen (宝屋ラーメン) Unfortunately this excellent restaurant has suddenly closed as of November 2011. Takaraya (宝屋) features several dishes that are very ‘Kyoto’ in style and taste. The cuisine of Kyoto features subtly complex and sophisticated flavors. To the sensibilities of the ancient capital, the more understated, the better. Typically, ramen is ... 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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