Today is 29th February 2016.. Happy Leap Year? HEHE #oncein4years
We love market, we like to explore all kinds of market, not only you get good food in the market, most of the time, you can get local souvenirs or even snacks with a better price! In Kyoto, we decided to give Nishiki Market a try. Nishiki Market (錦市場, Nishiki Ichiba) is a narrow, five block long shopping street which consist of more than 100 stores and restaurant, at the end of the market, there are two shopping street connected. Yup, I guess if you really wanted to explore the place thoroughly including the two shopping streets, give it at least half day. Few hours is definitely not enough. Most of the shops in Nishiki Market closed at 5pm and on Wednesdays and Sundays. So avoid these two days if possible. We have no idea about the Wednesdays and Sundays and we went on a Wed. Some shops are closed but still ok for us.
Our culture before we start our day : We will visit the combini aka convenient stalls for some food and drinks first because we always leave house around 12pm or 1pm, tummy is calling for food d. Other than the yummy rice balls, I had my favourite hot corn soup from Pokka. Very delicious and most importantly, its hot. So be careful when you drink it.
Finally here! Nishiki Market!
The first stall is selling Senbei, which is japanese rice crackers. They have a lot of different flavoured senbei…. I don’t eat Senbei so I asked if the guys wanna try…
Tracy got a classic senbei which is claimed to be the best seller
Kel got a 5 spices senbei.. I am not a big fans of senbei so I asked Kel to try first and I only take a bite of the better ones. He said 5 spices if better. I had a bite and I confirmed I will never fall in love with Senbei. hahahaha! Sorry senbei~
Next up is the Green tea speciality shop. Kyoto is famous for their green tea products, so we basically tried everything they had.
Green Tea Cake…
Green Tea Ice Cream…
And Green Tea Mochi!
Green Tea Ice Cream is heaven! It is very strong in flavour and the creamy texture just melted in your mouth! I don’t really fancy the Matcha Mochi but Tracy love it!
Beef Manju Bun! Means Beef Bun.
Its all over Kyoto and to be honest, we all prefer the beef manju bun at Kiyomizu-dera. Will show the link and pictures once that post is up.
Sashimi Sticks! We love this one.
Its fresh and easy to eat.
Live seafood stalls..
We had the amaebi prawns. So sweet. Just so sweet. You can either dip in a bit of soy sauce or just eat it like this. I eat it like this! Yums!
Yomogi Yakianmochi, Its actually a grilled mugwort mochi filled with sweet red bean paste.
Not too bad. Green tea mochi is a lil bit bitter but the red bean paste is sweet and smooth. Love!
I prefer the one at Dotonbori, Osaka more. Click here to read when post is ready.
Octopus with quail egg. Taste wise nothing special but technique wise, we were amazed, how they stuffed the whole quail egg in the octopus head #omgsopainful
Fresh Grapefruit Juice. Love it! Just drink it from the fruit~
Apart from that, They have other stalls that sells seafood. A lot of shop closed on Wednesday so I dont have much to show..
Selling spices and teas
Japanese miso pickles. In Kyoto, they love their pickles!
Fish cakes in all sort of style! I wanted to try this but was too full already.
Not only food, they sell unique snacks and souvenirs too.
Flavoured candies. Green onion candies, carrot candies, tomato candies, black bean candies and a lot a lot more. Anyone wanna try?
Yup definitely have to buy! Its very iconic! Hahaha!
So because a lot of shop closed around 5pm, we finish exploring the market quite fast. So at the end of Nishiki Market, there’s this beautiful temple.
Selfie mode! We were too busy eating and now food adventure’s over and time for some pictures!
So these are the 2 shopping arcade. Teramachi Shopping Arcade and Shin-Kyogoku shopping arcade.
Not much pictures when we were busy shopping.
But this machine caught out attention.
Look at it!
Its like a custard-alike cake and its yummy!!
Donuts are cute too!
It was 3 degree with strong wind and it can hardly feel my hands… while the guys were shopping for shoes and caps, I went to play some of this..
and eat some dumplings at 711. hahaha!
The guys bought some cap. They said the cap here is far more cheaper than Malaysia! Tips for u guys tho!
P/S : One of the things to try in Kyoto is Obanzai Ryori. Obanzai Ryori is the traditional homestyle cooking of Kyoto. Its normally made up of multiple small dishes which is quite simple to prepare.
I’m quite reluctant to post this picture up because this is probably the ONLY meal that is horrible throughout our Japan trip! Not only it doesnt taste good, its very expensive. Shouldn’t let Mr.Eddie to choose =___=
However, still a meal full of laughters. We end up having some street food to make your tummy happy again!