Kyoto Food – My Favorite Eats

Kyoto Food? It’s heaven! During our week in Kyoto, we ate very, very well. The vast majority of the time was at either at Nishiki Market or Takashimaya Department Store. Wherever we ate it was damn good and I wanted to share a few of my favorites.

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Chestnuts

Kyoto Food - Chestnuts in Nishiki Market
Chestnuts in Nishiki Market.

I have written about how important seasonality is to the Kyoto food scene. The people of Kyoto eat seasonally and during November and December, that means chestnuts. From our first meal that we took in the hotel (Westin Miyako) where we had chestnut ice cream for dessert to our last meal that included a chestnut dumplings, we had glorious amounts of chestnuts in a variety of dishes.

Having only had roasted chestnuts (which we also had) and chestnut soup (one of my favorite fall foods in France) I was delighted with the opportunity to try other preparations. This is a hearty nut with full flavor and given the amount if dishes we tried, very versatile.

Tempura

Kyoto Food - Tempura at Ohara
Tempura in Ohara.

I have to admit that I am not a huge fan of tempura. I think it’s because I’ve had so many bad, greasy versions. Kyoto is all about fresh seasonal vegetables and I decided to try vegetable tempura in Ohara (a town about an hour outside of Kyoto). It was lightly fried (including the delicate shiso leaf) and made me really appreciate what food done right can be. It’s my opinion that I’m not going to find tempura done this well in the U.S., but someone may surprise me.

Fish on a Stick

Kyoto Food - Grilled Squid
Grilled squid in Kyoto.

Not a very sexy name, but that is exactly what is it. Whether it is octopus, squid or white fish, grilled (usually on a robata) on a stick with sauce (or without) it is an incredible snack! I could eat these for days!

Curry Bread

Kyoto Food - Curry bread
Curry bread in Kyoto

This was something new for me. It is like a pork jelly donut! Fried dough with pork curry filling and sansho peppers – yum! Great street food on a cold day.

Curry Udon

Kyoto Food - Fushimi Inari Curry Udon
Curry Udon outside of Fushimi Inari.

This was something I was looking forward to our entire stay. It wasn’t until our last morning outside of the Fushimi Inari Shrine that I finally had it. And it was so worth the wait. Fresh udon noodles with vegetables in a decadent curry sauce, I call that heaven!

Yakisoba

Kyoto Food - Fushimi Inari Yakisoba
Yakisoba outside of Fushimi Inari.

I do have to admit that right before having that giant bowl of curry udon, Mr. Misadventures and I devoured some fantastic Yakisoba noodles also right outside of the temple – I guess it was all those steps and hills we climbed – it made us hungry. We started off with one order and then went back for a second which really pleased the street vendor who was cooking up a storm.

Matcha Green Tea Anything

Kyoto Food - Matcha Ice Cream
Match Green Tea Ice Cream.

I love matcha green tea. I first discovered it as a hot matcha green tea latte at the Leeum Museum in Seoul and it has been a favorite ever since. In Kyoto green tea is it. Whether it is my other favorite Kyoto roasted rice tea or green tea mochi or green tea ice cream like the one I got from the famous Ujicha Gion Tsujiri shop in Gion, I never got tired of eating and drinking green tea (especially matcha) anything.

Here are a few other bloggers who have written about their food adventures in Kyoto

> From Eat Like A Girl: A Postcard from Kyoto
> From Follow Me Foodie: Follow Me Foodie to Kyoto (Where to Eat in Kyoto)
> The Food Cray: Kyoto Cray !!! List of Must-Eat Foods in Kyoto, Japan
> From GQ Trippin: Favorite Eats in Kyoto

How about you? Any of my Kyoto food favorites sound like something you want to try? Do you have another Kyoto favorite?

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32 Comments

  1. Naomi
    July 14, 2014

    One of everything please! That stuff looks so damn tasty, I want to devour all of it.

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  2. Mai Tran
    July 16, 2014

    I work in a sushi restaurant here in Finland and I make udon noodle for customers every day despite never tasting the real Japanese udon. I so wish I could visit Japan and eat everything ๐Ÿ™‚

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  3. Terri S
    July 16, 2014

    It looks so good! Thank you so much for sharing,

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  4. jen
    July 16, 2014

    That green tea ice cream is gorgeous. I’ve actually had this somewhere. I can’t remember where it was – but it didn’t taste so good. Lovely to look at though.

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  5. Cara of Stylish+Geek Blog
    December 29, 2014

    Wow! It has been eons since I last visited Osaka, Japan. Your photos bring me back to those wonderful memories. Thank you for sharing ๐Ÿ™‚

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    1. Andi Fisher
      December 29, 2014

      @Cara, all I do whenever I go to Japan is eat my way through!

      Reply
  6. Melanie
    December 29, 2014

    I love tempura and that stuff looks amazing! What an interesting trip!

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    1. Andi Fisher
      December 29, 2014

      @Melanie, the tempura rocks, it is in your mouth with seconds of cooking – so fresh!

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  7. Deidre
    December 29, 2014

    Everything looks SO yummy. I need to get out there and travel so I can eat the food! Ha.

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    1. Andi Fisher
      December 29, 2014

      @Deidre, everything was so delicious, and no guilt, with all the walking we did, I could whatever I wanted!

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  8. Lauren
    December 29, 2014

    OH man, I love your adventures. That Yakisoba looks so yummy!

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  9. Lindsay
    December 29, 2014

    Yummmm I am all about Green Tea anything ๐Ÿ™‚ And those Yakisoba Noodles look delicious! It is so great to see that they eat seasonal ๐Ÿ™‚ I wish that I could go explore other cultures but I am so glad to have you to share with us all!

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  10. karissa
    December 29, 2014

    I’m not a very adventurous eater and I don’t know if I’ve had anything on your list but it all looks beautiful.

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  11. [email protected]
    December 29, 2014

    All of the food looked amazing. I haven’t heard of any of the foods that you listed but I would be open to trying them.

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  12. Kimberly Bonham
    December 30, 2014

    Yummmmm! All of this looks so tasty!

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  13. Brenda
    December 30, 2014

    Wow! That Matcha Green tea ice cream looks incredible and this is coming from someone who has never had matcha in her life so obviously I must go out and try some green tea ice cream!

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  14. susan quackenbush
    December 30, 2014

    I would sure love to try some Matcha Green tea ice cream !

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  15. Katriza Luna
    December 30, 2014

    Wow you definitely made my mouth water! I’m from the Philippines and a lot of those pictures reminded me of home! So yummy ๐Ÿ™‚ Thanks for sharing!

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  16. Myrabev
    December 30, 2014

    Never been and wouldnt mind going, i love the matcha green tea just getting into it.

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  17. Becky
    December 30, 2014

    I will take fish on a stick anytime!!! Great photos.

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  18. Kelly - A Side of Sweet
    December 30, 2014

    I’m so jealous! I’ve wanted to go to Japan for SO long! It’s such a dream destination! Thanks for sharing all of these amazing photos!

    Reply
  19. Cori
    December 30, 2014

    I love yakisoba and that curry soup looks delicious!

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  20. Rachel
    December 30, 2014

    I’ve tried to post two other times so hopefully you don’t get three comments from me lol! But chestnut ice cream and curry anything sound delish!

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  21. Corina Ramos
    December 30, 2014

    OMG all this food looks amazing! Thanks for sharing this with us. Hope you’re having a great week! Happy New Year!

    Reply
  22. Krista
    December 31, 2014

    My brother and sister in law live in Japan!! I would love to visit one day!!

    Reply
  23. Rebekah
    January 2, 2015

    That green tea iced cream looks amazing!! So does the tempura!

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  24. Shannon Peterson
    January 2, 2015

    That curry bread looks and sounds delicious!

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  25. Ronda
    January 5, 2015

    Mmm, that looks amazing. Too top it off, you ended with dessert!

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  26. yaitza
    January 5, 2015

    There is nothing wrong with a food post especially when everything looks delish! How did you know I loved matcha tea and curry… Matcha Ice cream… holy goodness ;o)

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    1. Andi Fisher
      January 12, 2015

      @Yaitza, oh goodness, both are out of this world!

      Reply
  27. Olivine Eyes
    October 21, 2016

    If you want to try authentic cuisine, go to the country it originated from. Those udon noodles in curry sauce look good, at it would make sense to have chestnut based food in a place called Nishiki Market (I think nishiki is Japanese for autumn).

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