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  • We're back in Kyoto

  • The cultural heart of Japan

  • There is a lot of history here.

  • but it is also the Kansai region

  • and that means good food.

  • Enter Nishiki Ichiba

  • A 5 block long shopping street.

  • known as Kyoto's kitchen

  • and for a good reason.

  • Long time Kansai resident Kevin Riley and I

  • are here to sample the goods.

  • Many shops have been operating for centuries

  • with the first shop reported to have opened in 1710

  • It's a street food paradise with a huge variety

  • Let's get to it

  • Let's see what Kevin has found.

  • First, he has to break through the pack

  • It's best to arrive before noon if you don't want to fight the crowds

  • He's found something unique at this UNAGI shop

  • A real Kyoto speciality

  • Hello, you speak English?

  • A little

  • Can you tell us what this is?

  • Eel liver!

  • Unagi no kimo

  • ok, I'll have one Unagi no Kimo, then.

  • Unagi no Kimo

  • is packed with vitamins, iron and calcium.

  • It's a healthy affordable snack.

  • and very Kyoto, too.

  • There are several UNAGI shops in Nishiki Ichiba

  • serving eel liver.

  • On the other side of the market,

  • I met some visitors from UK,

  • who are viewers of ONLYinJAPAN

  • They recommended this shop

  • It has Tonyu donuts.

  • Tonyu is soy milk.

  • Very healthy, right?

  • There is a choice of flavors

  • 10 for 300yen

  • Buy more, and save!

  • I went for the 10 pack

  • So these are Tofu donuts, they put brown sugar and Kinako on it. Looks really good.

  • Let's give it a try.

  • It's fresh, it's hot, it came right out of the oil

  • You can see the syrup dripping.

  • For volume and taste, this is a real bargain

  • This can't be healthy. It's too good.

  • Back to Kevin.

  • He followed his nose to a traditional Matcha Green Tea shop

  • Matcha is ground green tea leaves

  • And they do it right in this shop.

  • Kyoto's Uji Matcha is considered one of the best in Japan

  • What does Kevin have there?

  • Matcha Warabi Mochi

  • A Kyoto flavored snack

  • Slightly sweet.

  • Look at that freshly ground macha powder on that mochi

  • yum

  • Usually we eat Warabi Mochi with a different kind of powder on it,

  • this one has got the Matcha

  • Different taste, but tastes like Warabi Mochi

  • with a bit of Matcha taste

  • Great summer dish, cools you down.

  • This is Hamo, a kind of eel.

  • Ike-Hamo is fresh Japanese conger eel.

  • It's popular in Kyoto

  • Not so much elsewhere because there are so many little bones in them.

  • Real hassle to prepare

  • These eel are said to give the eater more power

  • because they can live in real tough conditions.

  • It's been lightly boiled, and chilled.

  • Packed to take away.

  • but the shop let me sit in the back to sample it.

  • 400yen is a low price to pay for a Kyoto delicacy.

  • It really doesn't have that much flavor, though.

  • best to eat with one of the sauces.

  • Wasabi.

  • The verdict?

  • That was good.

  • At one end of the market was this place selling something very curious looking.

  • Looks like a bunch of alien babies.

  • in a sweet red sauce.

  • They are baby octopi...and they look, well, I guess delicious.

  • There is a whole colony of octopi to choose from.

  • and inside the head, there is a surprise.

  • I don't know.

  • I just feel bad.

  • Tako Tamago.

  • An excellent snack for the adventurous.

  • for 250 yen.

  • It's good.

  • There is an egg inside.

  • It's chewy.

  • It reminds me of the Tako in Takoyaki.

  • What's strange about this is that you're eating the whole body.

  • and gives you an image of that you're eating a creature from the deep.

  • I have no idea how they got the little egg in the head.

  • but it's good.

  • better not ask too many questions, though.

  • Just have fun with it.

  • It's an octopus on a stick.

  • How crazy is that?

  • Not far away from Nishiki Ichiba Market,

  • is Higashiyama's Kiyomizu 3 chome area.

  • It's close to Kiyomizu-dera temple.

  • A lovely street and area to stroll around.

  • Many tourists dress up in a Kimono, to liven up their experience.

  • but we're here for the food.

  • This shop is famous for Uji-macha tea.

  • Delicious and icecream.

  • It's also the first to serve it in a pet bottle

  • for people on the go.

  • We ordered the Matcha Soft icecream cone.

  • Wow that looks so good.

  • What better way to end a street food binge, than with ice cream.

  • It's a middle of summer. Getting hot here.

  • It's really good.

  • You don't always need a reservation at a fancy restaurant to try Kyoto's best.

  • When visiting, try it all!

  • On the streets of Kyoto.

We're back in Kyoto

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Kyoto Street Food Guide: Nishiki Ichiba Market 京都錦市場買い食い ★ ONLY in JAPAN #40

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    Regina Chen posted on 2016/08/07
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