Udon lunch at Mochitsukiya in the Nishiki Market, Kyoto
December 9, 2014
On Saturday, October 25, I had lunch at Mochitsukiya in the Nishiki Market.
The menu’s brief English description of the Udon is:
“Wheat noodles cooked in a fish broth seasoned with soy sauce.”
The noodles were thick and meaty, as you can see. This gave substance to the rest which was liquid or mushy. There were a lot of cooked sweet onions on top, along with a mochi ball, greens and thinly sliced green onion. The broth was basically a soy flavored dashi and was conventionally good. As half the people were having this, I guess it is good Japanese comfort food.
For a description of why their mochi is special click here.
Nishiki Market (錦市場, Nishiki Ichiba) is a narrow, five block long shopping street in central Kyoto lined by more than one hundred shops and restaurants. Here are the photos I took before lunch walking toward Mochitsukiya, which is near the far, or east, end.
Red adzuki beans are essential for many Japanese desserts.
The market was jammed on this Saturday, particularly after lunch. While I was not the only tourist, the market was basically for local housewives taking advantage of the huge selection.