Wagashi: Ayugashi or Waka-ayu Sweetfish Shaped Confection

Wagashi: Ayugashi or Waka-ayu Sweetfish Shaped Confection

Wagashi: Ayugashi or Waka-ayu, Early Summer Sweetfish (Ayu) Shaped Confection (鮎菓子 若鮎)
Wagashi: Ayugashi or Waka-ayu, Early Summer Sweetfish (Ayu) Shaped Confection (鮎菓子 若鮎)
Meet ayugashi! A river fish shaped confection with waffle for a skin, bubbly soft mochi for innards and facial and fin features branded on with hot iron.

Izuju: The Best Kyoto Style Sushi in Kyoto

Izuju: The Best Kyoto Style Sushi in Kyoto

Sushi in Kyoto has a long history but it is quite unlike the nigiri sushi that we are used to abroad. Unlike Tokyo, Kyoto was landlocked and that required somehow keeping fish edible after the journey here. Kyoto sushi required some smarts and ingenuity, it also had to be good enough for the emperor! Izuju is a restaurant in Gion…

Wagashi: Angel Hair Keiran Somen (Fios de Ovos)

Wagashi: Angel Hair Keiran Somen (Fios de Ovos)

Wagashi: Kyoto Tsuruya Keiran Somen 京都鶴屋 鶏卵素麺 鶴寿庵
Wagashi: Kyoto Tsuruya Keiran Somen 京都鶴屋 鶏卵素麺 鶴寿庵 fios de ovos
For this unusual wagashi just two ingredients; sugar and egg yolk, and some ancient Portuguese technique are needed to make Keiran Somen, literally ‘chicken egg angel hair noodles’.

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. Even if you are not into wagashi confections, you…

Cold Summer Noodles: Tsunamichi’s Zaru Udon, Zaru Soba

Cold Summer Noodles: Tsunamichi’s Zaru Udon, Zaru Soba

When my mother first introduced me to cold pasta with pesto as a tasty antidote to the summertime heat, it was an epiphany to me. It is the first food I remember that was meant to not only give sustenance but also to cool. Tabbouleh was probably next. Japanese cold zaru soba and zaru udon is another wonderful summer dish…

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