Delicious, healthy white miso oden in Kyoto
Situated near the Kyoto Imperial Palace, Sho is a restaurant specializing in miso based dishes.
Owner, Kawahara, sees miso as a versatile condiment and seasoning that has various effects that are essential to human health, such as stress reduction and relaxation. Because of this, she works every day to show the world the various wonders of miso through her cooking.
Sho’s signature dish is their white miso oden. Oden is a dish unique to Japan and is similar to a hotpot or stew. It’s comprised of various ingredients in a bonito flake and kelp broth, which are then left for a long period of time to soak up the flavors of the stock.
The oden at Sho is characterized by a topping of white miso. White miso is a sweet, pale miso made from lots of koji rice and a short fermentation time. This sweeter variety of miso is often used in Kyoto cooking.
However, the white miso at Sho is not your ordinary white miso. It's actually from owner Kawahara's beloved miso specialist, Yamari Shoten
Known for having an exceptional, refined taste, Yamari Shoten's miso is used in a large number of traditional Japanese and kaiseki restaurants throughout the city.
However, as no other store in Kyoto offers this kind of white miso oden, Sho is constantly abuzz with people coming in search of the delicately sweet flavors of the restaurant’s signature dish.
Also, while you often hear music playing at restaurants, in order to have patrons experience their food with all five senses, Sho makes it a point to not play music.
If you’re looking for a place to indulge in the flavors of Japanese cooking in a quiet setting, then Sho might be the place for you.