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Thursday, April 14, 2005

Ikemasa Tei (Mac 20)

After we bought the very expensive ichigo, we found another place in Nishiki Market (錦市場) to settle our lunch.

It is a shop specialized in Kyoto Vegetables (京野菜), which happens to offer Kyoto Vegetables lunch set. The shop is named Ikemasa Tei (池政亭). It is one of the very famous shop in Nishiki, referring to the number of TV programmes that have introduced about it. However, this was the first time fish fish realised the existance of this shop. Sylvia has heard about it quite some time ago.



The front part of the shop was selling Kyoto Vegetable as any other normal vegetable stores.



Once we past thru the blue noren (shop curtain), we noticed quite a number of customers were having their meals. There was no empty seat for us.



Surprisingly, we were led to the upstair and came to this very "homestyle" dining space. Man~ I felt like I was doing some kind of house visiting instead of going to have our lunch in an eating outlet.

There was only a lady sitting there when we reached. However, not for so long after that, the seats were filled up. Glad we came a few minutes earlier.



My lunch partner for the noon, Sylvia (pink) and Miyuki (black).



Our lunch set finally came after we waited for around 15 min. Let see in details what were they.



First, a very fresh plate of fatty raw maguro for Miyuki. Sylvia and me requested to substitute this fish with a vegetable meal. The owner agreed to do that for us.



So, it was replaced with a bowl of fresh yuba (the hardened layer that is formed on top of thick boiling soymilk). The seasoning was simple... soy sauce and a bit of wasabi.

Amazing!! I can tell you the yuba was one of the best I've eaten. It was so creamy yet light, that would make you suspect whether it is really a yuba. The soysauce and wasabi combination wisely brought out the gist flavour of this little small bowl. It was a small portion, but the impact was strong enough to make one hard to forget about it.

Heeee... Sylvia, you do agree with my review bout it rite? ;)

I would say... this, is an authentic Kyoto yuba.



This was a plate of cooked food. No unnecessary additional seasoning to mask the original taste of the fresh veges. Everything was so natural with its true flavor.

On top of that, you get to enjoy the artistic element in this dish. Eating Kyoto dish was not simply about filling up your empty stomach, but at the same time to fulfill your soul with the beauties they possess.

Clockwise starting from the deep-orange rose : Golden Time Carrot (金時人参), Japanese Long Yam (長芋), Wheat Gluten (麩) with Rapeseed (菜の花) beneath it, Japanese Small Taro (里芋), Butterbur (蕗) and Yuba. In the middle, was the Kyoto Small Pumpkin.

Butterbur was not my favorite. So not much to say about it. The Kyoto Small Pumkin was the best for the cooked items. Impressively sweet!!



A typical Japanese set lunch would definitely attach with tempura. This was a great plate of assorted vege tempura. Especially love the Mini Bamboo Shoot. One of the best. The texture was so nice, and the taste, was definitely differ from the tropical bamboo shoot back to my hometown. Heee... remember I have told you guys before Japanese bamboo is a branded food? They don't declare that for no reason. ;)



Another ingredient that was used in the tempura that gave fish fish a good shock. Anyone of you recognize what is this trunk-like thing? This is actually a Giant Burdock (牛蒡). I've never seen such a big burdock. The lady was telling me this is a typical Kyoto vegetables. It made me realised how little I know about Kyoto vegetables.



This was our nice bowl of rice. It was cooked with bamboo shoot and tiny fish. The taste of the rice was marvellous. The only thing was it took me a long time to finish this bowl of rice, as I have to pick out the tiny fish one by one. Man~ what a process. The rice was decorated with Pepper Leaf Buds (木の芽). It was the first time I had Pepper Leaf Buds, again, it matched so well with the rice. The unique taste of the Pepper Leaf Buds... was something hard to forget.



Finally, a very nice bowl of clear wakame soup. Very tasty and yet healthy. Simple and yet satisfying. The portion of the wakame given was indeed generous.

I was very glad with the lunch. Which only cost 1575yen per person. If you are looking something very Kyoto, this is definitely one of the must-consider-place for you. ;)

15 Comments:

At 2:46 AM, Blogger Yuen Li said...

I know it's not really so, but fifteen hundred sounds like a BIG number to pay for a meal!

 
At 3:01 AM, Blogger Saffron said...

Hmm, 55 bucks, not bad ler. Food looks really nice too. I very envy your life la, Fish Fish. *cry*

Heheh.

 
At 4:42 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hehehe...after so long....my first comment on ur site...agree with u about the yuba. And the rice, I think I can eat another bowl

 
At 7:16 AM, Blogger cooknengr said...

Hey Fish Fish, I thought that's a bowl of rice with "curry leaves".

"蒡" Which part of cow is that ? Looking the Kanji, English and the picture... I think is 那個東西... ha ha ha :)

 
At 7:44 AM, Blogger Acrix said...

The tuna looks delicious! Anyway, i at first thought that the yuba is some sorta jelly or dessert and only after u mentioned that they r vege that i give a closer look~ Hehe, never knoe that Giant Burdock can be eaten like that coz normally my mum only use it for making soup~

 
At 10:48 AM, Blogger timun said...

wah..fish fish..no more flower post ar.... sob* sob*...

p/s: heeh..yalor..my last paper on saturday afternoon....pratically is the last paper of the semester...after tat.i'm going to have 2 months break..:D...

 
At 11:11 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Fish Fish substituted the fatty raw maguro with a vegetable dish and picked out the small fishes from her rice. How interesting. Fish Fish don't like fish??? :^) -lance

 
At 2:26 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Are those dots on Giant Burdock, some sort of powder or light reflection? All dishes seem soy based. The place looks very homely.

Fish-Eater

 
At 8:13 PM, Blogger letti said...

you always have such wonderful makan shots!

 
At 10:34 PM, Blogger Julie said...

i love ur review.. must try yuba one day.. isit similar to our 'foo jook'? (=

 
At 2:37 AM, Blogger fish fish said...

Yuenli : But it is in Japanese yen wor~ 1500yen = 7.40 pounds. Is it still consider expensive??

saffrom : Yap, it is quite reasonable. It will cost more usually for this kind fo quality.

Sylvia : Is it you Sylvia?? Kekeke... you put anon, but I think it's you from the style of writing. Glad your break you silent finally. Heh, wanna go to the Kane Matsu to eat for our next jalan makan makan?

cooknengr : Hehe... Da Ge, I oso curious bout that word. Seem like a very typical word. Got 草字頭, dun think it's KKC ler. Hey, can get burdock easily in LA or not?

acrix : Teach you another new way of cooking burdock. Next time, ask you mum to cut the burdock into wedges, then coat with flour for ayam goreng. I bet it will change you perception on burdock from now on. ;)

timun : Wah~ 2 months. *jeles jeles* how are you going to spend that long holidays then? Good luck for the final paper ar~

Lance : I'm a lacto-ovo-vegetarian. So I dun take fish. :)

Fish-Eater : Very homely, exactly. Hehe... yes, that's the reflection of light. I was in a rush, so just simply took a picture. :P

letti : Hehe... fish fish dun call as a glutton for no reason ler~ ;)

julie : Yap. Yuba = fu chuk. But the Japanese fuchuk different from ours. Price oso 10 folds of our normal one. -_-" Hey, teach you one new way to taste yummy Japanese fresh fu chuk. Go to the fresh market to buy "thick soybean". Boil it in a pot, then the surface will form the fuchuk. use chopstick to scoop it up and dip with a soy sauce to eat it. There you are, the Japanese fresh fu chuk. Btw, if you have wasabi, can put a bit inside the soy sauce too, you will have an even more Japanese taste. ;) Btw, my dear another Hakka moi, thanks a lot for the Nasi Goreng ideas. I love it. Gonna try it when I have mood to cook a proper meal.:)

 
At 5:25 AM, Blogger SiaoChaBoa said...

Yummy.. FF,
I love everything..! so artistic too.. :)

 
At 6:29 AM, Blogger doc said...

*climb out from grave*

Aii... wannnaaa... goo... baaack... yapunnnn...

*cries*

 
At 8:09 PM, Blogger cooknengr said...

Hey Fish Fish, i could not figure out KKC till this morning...during a conference call with customers, because they...boring ..blah...blah..blah...so, I let my mind drift away, finally figured KKC, I laughed and I could not cotinue the phone call with my customers...good job causing Ta ker a bad impression with customer :)

 
At 8:04 AM, Blogger fish fish said...

mrst : Thanks. Heee... I am trying to make my foods look more artistic.

doc : *hand over a pack of get from the road tissues* Next time come and conquer the Kantou then har~

cooknengr : Duh~ Da Ge, talking to ur customer still can mind fly away ar? KKC = XJJ. :P

 

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