As Dan reported, our recent trip to Kyoto was livelier than expected. While wriggling fish haunt his dreams, all I can think about is this:
Maybe we need to look at that again…
This was lunch. I’m not ashamed. I also wasn’t alone — this is what my father-in-law ordered:
We’re like two
peas in a pod sweet beans in a parfait.
But let’s back up. After we arrived at Kyoto station, Dan and I used our keen instincts — we found the only restaurant with a line and stood in it — to track down some seasonal soba.
Clockwise from the top left — pickles, tempura mushrooms and green peppers, warabi (a soybean-powder-covered mochi dessert), soba noodle soup with mushrooms, tempura dipping sauce, yuba (tofu skin, a Kyoto specialty), mushroom rice (kinoko takikomi gohan), and more pickles (another Kyoto specialty).
Nishin soba, another Kyoto specialty.
After lunch we went for a hike. At the peak there was a restaurant serving beer and ice cream, of course. What do you think this shop owner’s commute is like?
When you climb a mountain and meet a guy wanting to sell you ice cream, you can’t refuse. This one was kinako.
Our weekend wasn’t all about food, I swear. We did some sightsighing, and a little more sightseeing. And then after an especially rainy afternoon, we found a charming little omurice restaurant. Maybe not the haute Kyoto cuisine my in-laws were expecting, but it was perfectly placed comfort food for a chilly evening.
And, to round out the weekend (and our waistlines), we ended with a trip to Kyoto Ramen Street.
With a belly full of noodles and a cold beer in-hand, we hopped on the shinkansen for a sleepy trip back to Tokyo. Ah, how I love Japan in the fall.
Where is Kyoto ramen street? I missed it.
Kyoto Ramen Street is on the 10th floor of the Isetan Department Store attached to Kyoto Station. It is a magical place.
you’d think Ray & I were in Japan too with all the ramens or ramen like meals we’ve been eating. We are even slurping. 🙂 It is cheap, fast, no thought, and filling. I bet your ramen is more interesting. Have ice cream for me too next time. Just say one lick is for aunt Carol two licks for me.
YUMMM! Everything looks so good! And that is the cutest ice cream cone I have ever seen! 🙂