The famous hot pot udon restaurant Fumiya frequented by locals is right by Nishiki Market
If you enter Nishiki Market from the west entrance and go north on the first corner, you will find a restaurant that people are always lining for at mealtime. That restaurant is this one, a famous udon restaurant loved by the locals for a long time, Fumiya.
Fumiya was founded in 1946 as a Japanese sweets café, over 70 years ago. The place was popular from the beginning, but Fumiya didn’t end here. “What could we do to make even more people satisfied?” is what the people of Fumiya kept asking themselves, and so their most famous dish, Fumiya nabe udon hot pot was born. The generous amount of ingredients and the gentle taste of the dashi and udon make this a specialty.
“This much, for this price?” is the surprise that keeps the locals coming again and again. They are not afraid of putting in the effort, so in order to make the customers happy they of course use good ingredients and make everything by hand. These thoughtful dishes and service of Fumiya can be enjoyed for a low price. This satisfaction is the reason why the locals keep on frequenting this restaurant.
Besides udon hot pot they also sell sweets like the baumkuchen German spit cake, and their products can be ordered online, so they have many services they provide in order to make the customers happy. If you go to Nishiki Market, you have to have your lunch at Fumiya! I hope you will get a chance to taste the gentle udon hot pot people of Kyoto have loved from way back.
Fumiya’s signature dish, the Fumiya nabe udon hot pot is piping hot and contains many ingredients. The udon hot pot is stewed for a long time, and when the lid is opened the steam surrounds you, stimulating your appetite. The taste and style of this signature dish have not changed since the olden times.
Shrimp tempura with a thick crust, shiitake mushrooms, egg, fu dry baked wheat gluten, green onion, plus two mochi rice cakes, so there is really a lot to eat. And the sweet dashi soup steeps into these ingredients, ah, it’s so delicious. This much for only 670 yen, it’s almost too cheap. I wish you will get a chance to eat this masterpiece.
The other popular menu item in Fumiya is the kitsune udon. Kitsune udon is udon topped with sweet deep fried tofu, and the dish is called kitsune (fox) udon because deep fried tofu is thought to be the favorite food of foxes.
The deep fried tofu on Fumiya’s kitsune udon is thick and big. This seems to be because this way the tofu can suck up more dashi soup. The deep fried tofu stewed in Fumiya’s original sweet and gentle udon dashi soup tastes sweet and juicy.
The mellow and gentle taste of the kitsune udon goes well with the special blend of shichimi chili spice mix. My recommendation is to pour a lot on the udon so the shichimi accents the taste, and you can enjoy a different taste.
After eating the udon noodles, and if you still have some space left in your tummy, I would like you to try their matcha parfait dessert.
As expected from a place that used to be a Japanese sweets café, Fumiya’s sweets are considered to be great by the locals. Among those sweets this matcha parfait that uses baumkuchen cake is popular here and abroad.
Soft serve ice cream, matcha sauce, dango dumplings, and baumkuchen cake all taste of matcha making this a rich-tasting matcha extravaganza, but at the same time the taste is also refined and unobtrusive. It should be easy to finish this quickly even if you are alone.