Japan 2016: Kyoto’s Nishiki Market

Japan 2016: Kyoto’s Nishiki Market

I’ve got a lot of favourite places in Japan, as my friends I travelled with can attest to, but Nishiki Market ranks as one of my top culinary places to visit.  Its really because this market allows you to taste and eat all the delicacies each store and stall has to offer as you walk through it.  A lot of the food is grilled, fried or cooked on skewers – in Japanese we call it, kushi.  Everything from squid, octopus, fish cakes, fruit and cucumbers are served on easy to eat and walk with skewers.  The other specialty you will see throughout the market are vendors specializing in pickles – pickled vegetables, fish and fruit.  Kyoto is famous for its tofu and as a result you will often see miso used as a pickling agent in addition to other traditional agents like sake and vinegar.  Well worth the time to step away from Temple hopping for a couple of hours!

Kyoto's Nishiki Market located in downtown Kyoto.

Kyoto’s Nishiki Market located in downtown Kyoto.

Grilled marinated seafood on easy to eat sticks.

Grilled marinated seafood on easy to eat sticks.

Miso pickled fish.

Miso pickled fish.

A variety of different Japanese style croquettes.

A variety of different Japanese style croquettes.

Chocolate croquettes, I have no idea how they make these but they're delicious!

Chocolate croquettes, I have no idea how they make these but they’re delicious!

A selection of ready made dishes and salads for takeout.

A selection of ready made dishes and salads for takeout.

Traditional tsukemono or pickles - everything from kimichi to eggplant to daikon.

Traditional tsukemono or pickles – everything from kimichi to eggplant to daikon.

More pickles.

More pickles.

A wide selection of different fried fish cakes and balls.

A wide selection of different fried fish cakes and balls.

Squid, squid and gobo, and shrimp fish cakes.

Squid, squid and gobo, and shrimp fish cakes.

Squid, snail and scallops grilled on sticks.

Squid, snail and scallops grilled on sticks.

Candied aloe.  Yes, its more than just a moisturizer for your skin.

Candied aloe. Yes, its more than just a moisturizer for your skin.

Deliciously sour umeboshi or pickled plums.

Deliciously sour umeboshi or pickled plums.

Lightly salted cucumbers on sticks - very refreshing.  It was located towards the end of the market so it was a great palette cleanser!

Lightly salted cucumbers on sticks – very refreshing. It was located towards the end of the market so it was a great palette cleanser!

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