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.
The Sho Course *above is an example of dishes. Ingredients and dishes may vary depending on the season.
/ ￥4,000 (excl. tax)
Sho’s oden course is a collection of dishes aimed at oden first-timers and is made up of dishes particularly popular with those from overseas.
The course contains nine oden dishes – Daikon, half-boiled egg, yubamaki (tofu skin peeled from the top of heated soy milk), rolled cabbage, saikyo-yaki grilled salmon (salmon marinated in white miso and grilled), eggplant and ground meat miso dengaku (miso covered grilled skewers) miso-marinated grilled pork loin, white miso soup & nyumen noodles (wheat noodles boiled in dashi stock, and vanilla ice with white miso sauce.
In order to achieve the absolute best flavors when paired with the white miso, Sho uses a delicate dashi stock made from classic bonito flake and kelp dashi combined with chicken soup. Additionally, all ingredients in the oden itself are painstakingly prepared over hours or even days. For example, the boiled eggs are marinated for two entire days before being boiled and served.
In addition to oden, Sho also lives up to their name as a miso specialist by offering miso-based yakimono grilled dishes and desserts too.
*Rolled cabbage changes to rolled Chinese cabbage over winter.
*Please note in advance that when an odd number is ordered, some dishes will change.
*Those from overseas are only able to order this course. So note that individual orders cannot be placed.
Various Japanese Sake
/ ¥750 (excl. tax) –
In addition to beer and wine, Sho also stocks a number of Japanese sake. The line-up of sake includes some local Kyoto sake and all feature light, clean flavors that pair well with the miso.
The most recommended Kyoto sake is the aromatic, clean special junmai-shu, “Karaku.”
Made with rice from a contracted Kyoto farm and the famous water of the Fushimi ward, this sake has a crisp dryness that pairs perfectly with the delicious umami flavors of the white miso and dashi stock.
If you aren’t sure which drink to order, then try asking the staff for their recommendation.