Sakai Honten is famous all over Japan for their excellent Chinese noodles which are served cold and make even the hottest summer’s day feel refreshing
When it comes to cold noodles in Japan, it’s hard to find a place that bests Sakai Honten’s offerings. The cold noodles of this restaurant are so famous that in the summer there is often a line of people waiting in front of the restaurant, each wishing to refresh themselves with the cool noodles with a mustardy bite.
Although the restaurant is not centrally located, it’s easy to get to, as it’s right next to Daikoku-ji Temple in northern Kyoto. So you to get to the restaurant, you can either take a bus to it, or you can enjoy the around 15-minute walk from subway Kitaoji Station.
Note that if you want to enjoy your refreshing noodles on a hot summer day, you need to be prepared to wait in line.
Reimen Yakibuta with Fried Rice (half size)
This is the dish you should order at Sakai. You not only get to taste their famous reimen cold noodles, but you also get to have their fried rice, a specialty in itself. The best way to enjoy this dish is to first have the salad, then savor the noodles, and after you’ve eaten the noodles, try pouring some of the noodle soup onto the fried rice. This will make the taste of the fried rice even better.
Reimen with Ham
You can either have your cold noodles with yakibuta, roasted pork, or ham. If you have it with ham, the taste won’t be as strong, and you can enjoy the taste of the noodles more, whereas yakibuta has a meatier taste. Reimen with ham is 680 yen and with yakibuta is 720 yen.
This dish doesn’t need introducing: it’s chili shrimp. Very good, but in Japanese style, not too spicy. A great thing to have with your noodles!
Harumaki is Japanese for spring rolls, but in Kyoto spring rolls are a bit different. They are actually rolled into a thin omelet, making the taste very delicate and not too strong. A taste of Chinese cuisine Kyoto-style!