Aug. 25, 2020 UPDATE
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Crisp, Refreshing Japanese Pickles Inside "Kyoto’s Kitchen"
If you're not familiar with how pickles, or tsukemono, are eaten in Japan, then this is a great shop for getting accustomed to the delicious, crisp pickled vegetables. Inside the lively Nishiki Market, sits Uchida Tsukemono, a shop offering a whole array of different Japanese pickles. Depending on the season, inside Uchida, you'll find around 75 to 85 different types of pickles. In Japan, rice, miso soup, and tsukemono make the holy trinity when it comes to classic Japanese meals. As most of the pickles on offer need to be refrigerated, especially during the summer, then we recommend enjoying them while in Japan. Some Japanese people enjoy their pickles with a well-deserved glass of beer after a long day. While having pickles with alcohol might be somewhat unique to Japan, it's definitely worth giving a try as it's just another interesting way to explore Japanese culture.
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Shiba-zuke are one of the most well-known types of Kyoto pickles. Shiba-zuke's bright purple color which comes from shiso, a herb often used in Japanese cooking that goes well with things like sashimi, gives it its distinct look. The floral flavor from the shiso in Uchida’s shiba-zuke is beloved by locals and sought after even by out of towners. Shiba-zuke pickles are made up of cucumbers, eggplants, and ginger.
Samples / Free
Give Uchida's various samples a try and get a sense of the different types of pickles that the store has to offer. With such a wide variety to choose from, you might even find some pickles that use the same vegetables you'd eat back home too! If you do find some, make sure to give them a try and see what kinds of flavors Japan's different methods of pickling gives them. If you love pickles, then take the opportunity to try Japan's take on them and see how they stack up to the ones you enjoy back home. There are also pickles made with seasonal vegetables as well.
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The Storefront Display
Lined with barrels of pickled veggies, Uchida's storefront is a favorite with photo-loving tourists in the Nishiki Market. As the narrow path through the market gets easily crowded, please be considerate of others if you're going to take photos. If you like the look of the pickle filled barrels, then make sure to step inside and see what else Uchida have on offer. The pickles that line the front of the store are sold by the piece or by weight, and locals love them.
How to buy
Most of the pickles need to be refrigerated. If interested in buying, consider having them back at your accommodation.
- Shopping Tips -
Try different types of pickles at the table in the back. There is also tea to refresh your pallet.