Feb. 07, 2020 UPDATE
Murakami-Ju Honten - Main store- 村上重 本店 -
Although Staff don't speak English, they are very kind and friendly. So please feel free to ask any questions as they will try to answer by gesture!
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Flavorful Senmai-zuke, pickled sliced radishes, derived simply from kelp and salt
Murakami-Ju Honten has been around for more than 180 years and their “Senmai-zuke”, pickled sliced radishes, has been the most popular pickle during winter season among people in Kyoto for long time. Well selected “Shogoin kabura”, turnip of Kyo-yasai which is one of the specifically certified vegetables grown in Kyoto is used for this “Senmai-zuke”. Turnips grown in Kameoka where the temperature difference is quite extreme are fine and delicate by its climate, and are pickled with kelp and salt carefully. Although "Senmai-zuke" of other shops are rather sour and sweet, “Senmai-zuke” in Murakami-Ju Honten is very light and plain but has a fresh flavor derived from kelp and salt. Murakami-Ju Honten is located in a back alley of Kawaramachi Street and you may feel the history of long-established store by its appearance.
“Senmai-zuke”, pickled sliced radishes / ￥1,000
Murakamim-Ju Honten is very famous for the pickled sliced radishes called “Senmai-zuke”. Senmai-zuke is a winter season pickle and ingredients such as “Shogoin kabura”, turnip of Kyo-yasai which is one of the specifically certified vegetables grown in Kyoto, kelp from Hokkaido and salt are carefully chosen. It is a bit sour but has a slightly sweet and light taste, and you may enjoy the crispy texture of turnip! You can also eat the kelp which was pickled with "Senmai-zuke" and it is quite tasty as well.
“Kyo-no shokusai”, assorted 5 kinds of pickles / ￥1,500
As a gift or for those who would like to taste several kinds of pickles, we recommend these assorted 5 kinds of pickles! You can choose your 5 favorite pickles such as “shiba-zuke”, pickled brushwood, eggplant, eryngi mushroom and cucumber pickles. Please note that each pickle has its own expiration date, so we recommend that you check it before you buy them. You can also purchase your favorite pickles separately.
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“Ume-kobu cha”, Plum kelp tea / ￥430
Although you may be familiar with Japanese green tea, this plum kelp tea called “Ume-kobu cha” has a totally different taste. As its name says, this tea is made by plum and kelp. Hot Ume-kobu cha which has a fresh flavor of plum based on kelp makes your body warm and you may feel that your muscles start to relax. It is usually served when you enter the shop, so you can taste it before you buy it. We recommend that you purchase this tea as a souvenir as it is handy and reasonable.
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- Shopping Tips -
There are some seats at this shop, so you can also take a rest while shopping. Please have some “Ume-kobu cha as it makes your body warm and relaxed.