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7 Kyoto Food Gifts Recommended by Kyoto Insiders

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While its limitless specialty foods is one of Kyoto’s charms, it can be difficult to decide which to select as gifts. When in doubt, you can’t go wrong asking Kyoto insiders.

Here are 7 gifts featured in the Japanese cultural magazine Waraku that Kyoto gourmands shared as some of their “go to” Kyoto food gifts.

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1. “Shiso-mochi Ume” from Sagayoshi

sagayoshimochi Refer to this site: http://www.trip.kyoto.jp/spot/db/sagayoshi/

“Shiso-mochi Ume” is a dessert in which light koshi-an (red bean paste) is wrapped in rice powder, then further wrapped in sweet vinegar-soaked red shiso (perilla) leaf. With a simple yet sophisticated taste, it’s best to deliver these on the day you purchase them.

2. “Miso-Matsukaze” from Matsuya Tokiwa

Rumoured to have been created at the suggestion of a Daitoku-ji temple monk when this venerable confectionary shop was established, Matsuya Tokiwa’s “Miso-Matsukaze” uses a special white miso as an ingredient that gives this confection a sweet and salty taste, making it a popular Kyoto gift for people who don’t usually eat sweets.

3. “Gateau Fromage” from Kyoto Brighton Hotel’s Cour Au Midi

This fresh cheesecake goes perfectly with coffee. The cakes are individually wrapped and are perfect Kyoto souvenirs. You can warm them up in the oven to enjoy the flavour of a fresh-baked cheesecake at home.

gateaufromage Refer to this site: http://news.livedoor.com/article/detail/11611142/

4. Wasabi Yam Pickles from Uchida Tsukemono

At this pickle specialty shop known to use only the highest quality vegetables, the distinct stickiness and crispy texture of its yam pickles with a hint of a wasabi fragrance pairs perfectly with rice, and with some Japanese sake!

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5. Irigoma (Roasted Sesame Seeds) from Gion Murata

Irigoma (roasted sesame seeds) are used in Buddhist vegetarian cuisine, at Kyoto’s most famous restaurants, and in kitchens. Kyotoites say that once you use Murata-san’s version, you can’t go back.

 

6. “Cha-no-ka” from MaleBranche

Male Branche’s “Cha-no-ka” langue de chat cookies, created by a tea-appraiser, a tea garden owner, and a patissiere from this popular shop in Kyoto Station’s concourse, is a famous Kyoto souvenir sure to please anyone.

7. “Jyo-namagashi” from Juko

You must eat them on the day you buy them, but the delicious taste of these unbaked treats match their visual beauty.

Summary

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These items are not all from the most famous shops. As one might expect, the recommendations from insiders in a city known for its hospitality are truly one of a kind. You’ll be sure to please your foodie friends with these authentic Kyoto treats!
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