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Kyoto’s Nishiki Market – The Fish

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Photo credit: Mr. Misadventures

During our week in Kyoto we went to the Nishiki Market every day. I’ve shared about the incredible vegetables and the delicious tamago both of which I ate plenty of while grazing my way through this food center in Kyoto. Another principal food item is the fish which is abundant.

Unlike Tokyo and the Tsukiji Fish Market, most of the fish here comes from the rivers around Kyoto. That is not to say that they don’t have seafood they do, but there is more of the local, seasonal items, which is why I love this region of Japan so much, they celebrate the abundance that is available to them.

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Photo credit: Mr Misadventures

There are a lot of different techniques for ensuring that seasonal items last several month, such as smoking or curing. A lot of the fish are dried with marinates and I love snacking on them like chips!

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Photo credit: Mr. Misadventures

Like these tiny dried shrimp or the eel in the photo above that. A lot of the fish I had never seen before (in my opinion that is a good thing, hyper-local to the area, what is the global footprint if they start shipping them everywhere in the world?).

Something in the anchovy family? These tasted delicious with something like a teriyaki seasoning on them.

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Photo credit: Mr. Misadventures

Salmon that went perfectly with a dried rice cake.

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Photo credit: Mr. Misadventures

Lots of fish on sticks perfect for snacking, which is exactly what I did! Every day!

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Photo credit: Mr. Misadventures

How about bonito flakes? Do you ever eat them on rice? So delicious. Also, my vet says if you have an overweight cat (like Jessica) these are a great snack for them! I always get them “already flasked” in a bag, they look like this:

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Or a little smaller in size. But I had never seen how they actually start, which is as a dried fish that looks like this:

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Photo credit: Mr. Misadventures

Of course some things I avoided, like shirako, whale sperm, which I already tried once in Tokyo and have no intention of trying again (I didn’t like the taste!). My hubby didn’t get a good picture of it, it is the pinky stuff on the far right corner of this photo.

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Photo credit: Mr. Misadventures

I would love to have a market as large as this available to me on a daily basis. I am already spoiled with great farmers markets all around and a small Japanese fish market in Berkeley, but I dream of having this one in my own back yard!

How about you? Fan of fish? Got any fish tales you want to share?

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anna

Wednesday 3rd of December 2014

this fish looks very good

Mai Tran

Thursday 6th of March 2014

Your photos just killed me :) As an Asian living in a western world, I miss these foods a lot. I'm not from Japan but I always wish some day I could visit and taste the genuine sushi made from their genuinely fresh fish :) Your blog is awesome!

Erin

Thursday 6th of March 2014

I love fish and I can never get enough sushi!

mell

Tuesday 4th of March 2014

Great photos of the seafood. Not sure I would try it though. Picky palate.

KAREN DEGRAAF

Monday 3rd of March 2014

THINS LOOKS SO GOOD, IM A HUGE SEAFOOD FAN, I LOVE ALL SEAFOOD!