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Hello.

Love to be in front of the camera, but sometimes hidden behind it. Never ending passion for food & fitness. Hope you enjoy my journey!

FOOD IN KYOTO.

FOOD IN KYOTO.

What is life without salad?

FOOD HUNTING.

I only have the luxury to visit this soulful and soft-spoken city for a day, but I am adding in a few food places that I wished I have visited in this less than seven hour trip. Give them a try and let me know your thoughts? The city is beautifully decorated with blooming sakura when I was there and there are so much to offer, my only regret is that I did not allocate more time for Kyoto.

Snack from Kyoto Station. It's a very big station with a lot of snacks, coffee & food choices. 

Mochi.

Mochi.

Fresh strawberry wrapped in mochi. I am not a very big mochi fan but I love this! The strawberry inside is big and juicy, and sweet with a mild hint of sour. The slightly bland mochi goes very well with it. 

Fresh strawberry wrapped in mochi. I am not a very big mochi fan but I love this! The strawberry inside is big and juicy, and sweet with a mild hint of sour. The slightly bland mochi goes very well with it. 

This delicious deep fried wagyu beef is about 10 mins walking distance from Kyoto station. 

KATSUGYU

Opening hour: 11am-10pm

Quite proud to be able to read Chinese.

Quite proud to be able to read Chinese.

When in Kyoto, one must have a Kyoto beer! 

When in Kyoto, one must have a Kyoto beer! 

This is the set. It comes with a steak of katsugyu, a mountain of fresh cabbage, a bowl of miso soup, a bowl of rice, curry for dipping, choice of yam or onsen egg for dipping, and some condiments to enhance the taste if need be.

This is the set. It comes with a steak of katsugyu, a mountain of fresh cabbage, a bowl of miso soup, a bowl of rice, curry for dipping, choice of yam or onsen egg for dipping, and some condiments to enhance the taste if need be.

Katsugyu!

Katsugyu!

I love it when my beef is red. 

I love it when my beef is red. 

Yam dipping sauce.  

Yam dipping sauce.  

Egg dipping sauce. If you ask me I would choose the egg over yam. 

Egg dipping sauce. If you ask me I would choose the egg over yam. 

Curry dipping. The curry is good! Japanese curry in Malaysia are mostly average, but Japanese does it right in Japan! They are more fragrant. 

Curry dipping. The curry is good! Japanese curry in Malaysia are mostly average, but Japanese does it right in Japan! They are more fragrant. 

Condiments for dipping. Shoyu with wasabi, their special salt, and a sweeter type of shoyu. 

Condiments for dipping. Shoyu with wasabi, their special salt, and a sweeter type of shoyu. 

We went back to Kyoto Station for some hot coffee and strawberry cake with fresh cream after our lunch, as we needed to take a bus from Kyoto station to Nijo-jo Castle. Name of the coffee shop is OGAWA COFFEE - strong coffee, satisfying.

Tea break at Nijo-jo Castle. Behind the castle, or after the exit from the park (you will understand when you get there), there is a big matcha restaurant. We had their matcha Softserve and matcha dessert bowl. I loveeeeee it! The bitter matcha taste, creamy, slightly sweetened. There is another option, even stronger matcha and hence more bitter, but that was sold out. You know what to try when you are there! BOTH, of course! 

There are some stalls just outside the matcha restaurant. I bought some good and rather cheap sake and plum wine. If you don't have a sake or Umesyu everyday you are doing it wrong. hehehe!

NIJO-JO CASTLE

opening hour: 8.45am - 5pm

The park is beautiful! I fell in love even before I set a foot in. This is a food post so I won't show a lot of other stuff. 

The park is beautiful! I fell in love even before I set a foot in. This is a food post so I won't show a lot of other stuff. 

Matcha softserve. The mighty cone! 

Matcha softserve. The mighty cone! 

we just had to try . . I prefer just the matcha softserve. 

we just had to try . . I prefer just the matcha softserve. 

This is a very traditional restaurant. They have been serving sushi the same way it was served since 100 years ago. So, if you are curious how does traditional sushi taste like, this is the place. They do not serve food with wasabi and shoyu. It is not encourage, and not allowed.

IZUJU

operating time: 10.30am - 7pm

Ordered a platter for sharing.  They use banana leaf to wrap the sushi. From the left we have red snapper sushi, tamago and a slice of fish in sushi, the signature traditional sushi that is so colourful and appealing, and lastly the saba sushi wrapped in banana leaf.

Ordered a platter for sharing.  They use banana leaf to wrap the sushi. From the left we have red snapper sushi, tamago and a slice of fish in sushi, the signature traditional sushi that is so colourful and appealing, and lastly the saba sushi wrapped in banana leaf.

The sushi rice and topping proportion is different. There are no additional condiments allowed but I assure you, it is not needed. The round sushi on the right is mackerel fish (saba). The best! We ordered additional mackerel sushi because the seasoning and the quality of the fish is just beautiful.

The sushi rice and topping proportion is different. There are no additional condiments allowed but I assure you, it is not needed. The round sushi on the right is mackerel fish (saba). The best! We ordered additional mackerel sushi because the seasoning and the quality of the fish is just beautiful.

This is a seafood don with shredded egg. The rice is flavoured with seaweed, sesame seed, and some sauce.  We have raw red snapper and poached prawns on top.

This is a seafood don with shredded egg. The rice is flavoured with seaweed, sesame seed, and some sauce.  We have raw red snapper and poached prawns on top.

Red snapper head soup. It tasted more like salted water to me. But if its traditional, it must be healthy, right? Hah! 

Red snapper head soup. It tasted more like salted water to me. But if its traditional, it must be healthy, right? Hah! 

Due to time constraint, perhaps limited stomach space in six hours, or some places that were booked out, I have a few places on my list that I feel is worth going for. If you do try them, give me your feedback please? The few places that I intend to visit but unable to. . Partly because I was too ambitious, aiming to eat at every hour.

1. Kichi Kichi Omurice (special silky egg on fried rice)

operating hours: 5pm-9pm

Tips: this place has become very popular after the making of Kichi Kichi Omurice video went viral so a booking is required, which I did not do.

2. Nishiki Market Shopping Street (streets of stalls for food and other stuff that are reasonable in price)

operating hours: 9:30am-6pm

3. Kobe Misono (kobe teppanyaki)

operating hours: 11.30am-3pm  & 5pm-10pm

4. Tenshu (tempura restaurant)

operating hours: 11am-2pm & 5:30pm-9pm

5. Sushi-Kappo Nakaichi (quality sushi & good sake) 

operating hours: 12-2pm & 4:30pm-10pm

I strongly advice to check on operating time before making your way to any location. 

The place where Kichi Kichi Omurice is, is a very central location. There are hundreds of shops available there. Many small shops along the alley as I walk towards Kichi Kichi Omurice and of course, we grabbed some snacks during that short and interesting walk. It is the most interesting place to be at, many bars and restaurants, and beautiful too. A bit of heritage.

POKE BOWL.

POKE BOWL.

P.L.A.Y. TIME.

P.L.A.Y. TIME.