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Wagashi: Imo Mochi (Sweet Potato Mochi)

Wagashi: Imo Mochi (Sweet Potato Mochi)
I was invited by a farmer friend in rural Kyoto to the Kyoto Prefecture Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries Festival 2009 and got to see and taste a lot of foodie delights from all over Kyoto Prefecture. Kyoto prefecture isn't just the ancient capital, it goes all the way across Honshu ... read more

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 mochi from Honda Miso and it is a masterpiece! In addition to the novel and exceptional taste, this is a foodie souvenir that you ought to be able to take back home with you when you visit Kyoto. ... read more

Bread and Spice: Hararyokaku Seven Spice Rusk Biscuit

Bread and Spice: Hararyokaku Seven Spice Rusk Biscuit
Called 'korabo' in contemporary Japanese -- collaboration and co-branding, is getting some traction among the often stodgy old merchants of Kyoto too. Though perhaps a purist at heart, I am quite a fan of some of these collaborations. I was quite amazed to see my absolute favorite shichimi seven spice ... read more

Nishiki Market Best: Kyoto-style Beef Manju Bun

Nishiki Market Best: Kyoto-style Beef Manju Bun
Nikuman or beef manju is a very common snack in Japan and something that Japanese are quite passionate about. In the cold months of the year, every convenience store chain has their annual best nikuman lineup in a glass case, steaming hot, next to the cash register. There is everything ... read more

Nishiki Market Best: Soy Milk Doughnut

Nishiki Market Best: Soy Milk Doughnut
Do not miss! When I pass through Nishiki Market I nearly always stop at Fujino Tofu and get a bag of tonyu, or soy milk doughnuts. These soy milk doughnuts are the best, especially in the cool and cold seasons. These doughnuts are best enjoyed hot and you can get ... read more
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Kyoto Cuisine

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