“Small eats” in Kyoto Dialect, Mushiyashinai brings unique sweets
The shop name, “Mushiyashinai,” is also a phrase meaning “small eats,” in Kyoto dialect. The phrase is used when mentioning eating something in between meals. A pastry during an afternoon tea time is an ideal form of “Mushiyashinai”. At this shop, there is a sit-in area where incredible pastries can be devoured.
In the Ichijo-ji area where unique shops are lined, Mushiyashinai opens its doors 6 days a week satisfying sweet cravings and also taking cake orders for weddings and parties. Their original cakes are very unique, and also focus on using natural ingredients like green tea and soy milk.
The tart crust is very crispy and is topped with sweet cream, fresh strawberries, and toasty almonds. The toppings for the tart changes according to season, but this time around (January, 2016) juicy strawberries are being used for the Seasonal Tart.
One of their symbolic cakes is called Mushiyashinabe featuring a dutch-oven shaped edible cookie decorated with cream and seasonal fruits. The actual cake is 21cm in diameter and popular for weddings and parties. This one pictured on the left is a smaller version of Mushiyashinabe. The dutch oven container is non-edible in this smaller version, however, the inside is full of delicious Matcha crème and topped with some chestnuts. The filling changes according to season.
Great for those who wants to try Matcha in a different way or for those who are lactose intolerant. Matcha green tea is mixed with soy milk and served hot perfect during a cold weather or when you want to take a breather during the day.
Okara tea served in a tea pot
Okara is the pulp from soy beans that is left after the production of tofu. It is quite accessible to get in Japan and often used in dishes as a nutritious ingredient. Try this healthy tea served hot in a tea pot along with a pastry. Also on the menu is Okara High Ball (a drink with Okara tea and whiskey), it’s a must try when you are in an adventurous mood.