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From Osaka, we dropped by Kyoto in the morning for a 2nd visit and we went to Nishiki Ichiba (Nishiki Market) which is known as “Kyoto’s Kitchen”. Here you can find the best fresh food and traditional ingredients as well as Kyoto’s local specialties. If you’re a foodie at heart or just really like eating, then it’s a must-see when in Kyoto!

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There’s already plenty of interesting food to see this morning. I just love local markets!

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This shop is selling pork katsu on skewers. The sauce and mayonnaise toppings looked so appetizing on them, so we decided to try some.

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I enjoy hire katsu so much since there isn’t much fat and it’s basically lean pork meat. This was tender and delicious.

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Chocolate korokke (fried croquette) wow! I’ve only ever tried savory ones in Japan.

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We tried some of the fried oysters which were tasty but not as good as the ones from Miyajima. They even gave us complimentary hot tea when we sat down to eat in their shop. Yey!

On the wall were post-it notes from various visitors as well as tourists from foreign countries. It’s a popular place.

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This shop is selling different types of rice.

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Very fresh abalone. They’re huge!

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Various shellfish and seafood.

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This market also sells dried fish.

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Side dishes such as ebi mame (shrimp and beans boiled in sugar and soy sauce)

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The classic grilled fish on skewers.

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Some fried snacks with different variants such as shiso (perilla leaves) and nori (seaweed).

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Sakura ice cream~!

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More yummy looking fish and fried snacks!

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The bottles are super cute!

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Huge slabs of Katsuobushi used for making bonito flakes.

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Shirasu or Chirimen used for chirimen jako (as known in the Kansai area); which is a type of tiny anchovy or sardine. It’s eaten with rice or used as an ingredient in Japanese cuisine.

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Ginormous pickled cucumbers! It’s a sight to behold!

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Raw Fu, a kind of dough made from bran which is used as an ingredient in Japanese miso soup. There are different varieties for sale, such as hana (flower), yomogi (mugwort), awa (millet) and goma (sesame). The pastel colors look cute!

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Packets of ebi mame.

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Yey i love soy milk!

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My friend told me about this tasty street food snack which is popular in this market. Tako Tamago, Baby octopus in a sweet and savory candied glaze and stuffed with a quail egg. It looks intimidating at first to be honest!

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They are also selling Shake Toba, which is dried salmon used as a side dish and is better known in the Northern part of Japan such as Hokkaido and the Tohoku region . It’s very flavorful and is also a good companion with alcohol!

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We tried some of the baby octopus since my friend highly recommended it. I was feeling a little apprehensive because of the appearance lol.

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They come skewered in sticks.

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I was surprised at how delicious it was! The octopus meat was pleasantly chewy and tender while the red glaze was a little sweet and salty which reminded me of barbecue. I should’ve eaten more sticks haha.

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I saw this strange sight when we left the market; probably this is only in Japan lol.

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It’s a well behaved pup even in this predicament.

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I’m not familiar with this visual-kei group but I like jrock bands so I took a photo. Anyway they look great!

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I assume he is the Vocals. Aww such a cutie lol.

 

Our next stop on this trip will be to Kanazawa, which is the capital of Ishikawa prefecture in the Chubu region of the Western coast of Japan. Watch out for it!

 

Let’s eat around Japan! Read about my Japanese food adventure:

Tokyo – Ninja Akasaka

Yokohama Chinatown

Shin-Yokohama Ramen Museum

Hiroshima – Miyajima

Osaka Castle Park

Osaka – Namba

Osaka – Dotonbori

Kyoto

 

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