As my stay in Kyoto was quite brief, I tried to savour anything I found interesting. There was so much to choose from, my senses were bombarded!
Mochi is Japanese rice cake made of mochigome, a short-grain japonica glutinous rice, and sometimes other ingredients such as water, sugar, and cornstarch. The rice is pounded into paste and molded into the desired shape. In Japan it is traditionally made in a ceremony called mochitsuki.— Wikipedia
Just looking at the mountain of matcha mochi was mouth-watering. Mochi was one of my first Japanese sweets that I fell in love with as a little girl. The ones I had back then were filled with ice cream!
Guess what? This mochi place sold matcha ice cream too! Actually this place specialized in all types of matcha tea.
Matcha tea is a special type of green tea that is grown in the shade, which enhances the amount of caffeine and theanine. Theanine is the component of matcha that helps with stress.— Wikipedia
Raw fish might not be for everyone, but for me, it’s definitely for me! Each type of fish had a different flavour and texture. At this fish stall, I chose a platter and walked inside to savour each bite. This one even had abalone!
Yakitori (Japanese: ) is a Japanese type of skewered chicken. Its preparation involves skewering the meat with kushi (), a type of skewer typically made of steel, bamboo, or similar materials. Afterwards, they are grilled over a charcoal fire. During or after cooking, the meat is typically seasoned with tare sauce or salt. The term is sometimes used informally for kushiyaki (grilled and skewered foods) in general.—Wikipedia
As you walked down the corridors of markets, you could smell the lovely scents of those yakitori grills. Instead of the typical chicken skewers, I chose one that looked like dumplings. It actually reminded me of some dim sum that I normally ate at home.
After I finished my skewer, I walked by this stall that was filled with different types of fishcakes. I didn’t purchase any though.
Huge Crab Stick
This treat was high recommended by our driver. For 400 yen, you get to savour this grilled “huge crab leg”. This crab leg was actually pollock that looked like crab meat.
A melonpan (, meronpan) (also known as melon pan, melon bun or melon bread) is a type of sweet bun from Japan, that is also popular in Taiwan, China and Latin America. They are made from an enriched dough covered in a thin layer of crisp cookie dough. Their appearance resembles a melon, such as a rock melon (cantaloupe).—-Wikipedia
I was leaving the station and this amazing fragrance drifted by me. It was the scent of fresh melonpan buns! Definitely had to pick one up to go….. Delicious!