Nishiki Ichiba Food Market in Kyoto, JapanHome >> Experiences
The market is open almost every day, including on New Year's Eve and 1st of January. It consists of a 400-meters long covered shopping arcade and consists of 100 shops and a dense crowd of locals reminding Tokyo's subway at peak hours. Shops sell Japanese food, mostly fresh and home made, as well as as much street food as you can want. Probably all you'll buy are fancy rice crackers or a knife, but if you are interested in food you are in for a memorable visit. As they say in Kyoto, 'There is no kind of food you cannot find at Nishiki ichiba'.
The Japanese are very found of sea cucumbers, a slimy but expensive delicacy here seen in its fully glory. The japanese police had just arrested a sea cucumber poaching gang in late December. A fine catch indeed.
One of many shops specialized in sweet rice cakes.
A bunch of giant Japanese pickles.
This shop was turning out hundreds of the little custard-filled cakes every hour with this amazing machine rather than the usual baking tray. The machine is prominently displayed in the shop window and an army of servants feeds it custard and hand finishes the cake. You can buy them fresh off the press.
These octopus balls being freshly cook by a young Japanese lady are very typical of Kyoto and Osaka and were recommended to me by Thierry Marx, a Japan-loving young French cook. Basically bits of fresh octopi are mixed with crepe batter and cooked in trays of spherical molds. You eat the brown balls and the hot batter comes splashing out and burn your tongue. As always in Japan, this food is freshly cooked in front of you with the best ingredients and has little fat or sugar. So you can eat it all day long!
Nishiki Food Market
Subway Karasuma Line to "Shijo". Hankyu Line to "Karasuma".