Monday, October 22, 2012

Adventure #114: Honke Owariya 尾張屋 (Kyoto)

After visiting Kinkakuji and Nanzenji in the morning and viewing the annual Jidai Festival Prossession at the Heian Shrine, we decided that that was enough temple viewing for the day.  We spent the rest of the day shopping at Kyoto's main shopping area, Kawaramachi.

G read that there is a famous soba noodle shop (has been in existence for over 500 years!!) close to the Imperial Palace (where the Emperor eats each time he is in town) and with a branch in Kawaramachi.  The address given simply said it was in the basement of Shijo Center.  We found Shijo Center but the lady in the shop said no basement - and it didn't looked like there was a basement.  So, feeling defeated, we were about to leave to look for dinner elsewhere when G spotted a set of stairs by the shop. Voila! We found it!

The kids ordered the Oyako Donburi, rice topped with scrambled egg, chicken and Japanese leek.  It was so good, the kids polished off everything!

I ordered a Ten Seiro, soba noodle with assorted tempura.
G order the signature dish, Hourai Soba, which means soba with a set of 8 different toppings: shitake mushrooms, shredded thin omelet, sesame seeds, shrimp tempura, wasabi, nori, Japanese leeks and grated daikon.  Very unusual.  Even came with instructions on how to eat it. 
厲害! G thought it was extremely delicious and the best soba he has ever had in his life!  Must be pretty good then coming from picky G.

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