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Nishikikoji-dori – Nishiki Food Market

Listed under Markets in Kyoto, Japan.

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Food in Japan comes in a range of colours, textures and tastes unfamiliar to most western palates, and even if you enjoy sushi, can tell your udon noodles from your soba noodles and asuki bean curd desert sounds like something you'd be up for - even when you see it and it looks like dark red custard with turned quail eggs floating in it - you're still going to be surprised by what you see. So it's definitely worth taking a stroll down one of the food market streets. This one in Kyoto is set up for tourists, so there's a very colourful range of local produce including lots of dried seafoody looking things, things swimming in juices, rice based snacky things, Japanese style treaties – lots of them made from bean curd or bean jelly or beans – pickled things, both vegetable and seafood based and some things I can't even really describe. Be brave – nothing is poisonous and people have been eating this stuff for hundreds of years. If you're not sure what it is and can't think of anything it's like it's probably bean based – but not always – possibly there's no translation for it on the menu. I'd like to be able to recommend something in particular to try...the sponge-y-cake-y things with the bean jelly inside were good, so was the thing that looked like a snowball with small pebbles in it and the dried fish flakes, but I think when it comes to eating unusual things we all have to make our own decisions...

Written by  Kat Mackintosh.

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