Kyo Tsukemono Tomikawa

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    Kyo Tsukemono Tomikawa

    Enjoy the seasonal color, taste and flavor of their pickles using your five senses

    Located in front of Ryoan-ji Temple, Tomikawa is one of the long-standing Kyoto-style Tsukemono pickle shops.  Their items are made using only seasonal Kyoto origin vegetables with minimum seasoning to keep the flavor and taste of the ingredients and are highly popular among their customers.  They only use small barrels for pickling vegetables so they can adjust the pickling process depending on the condition of the ingredients.  Because of this, they can only produce a certain amount of pickles, testament to the fact that Tomikawa puts their first priority on making delicious pickles rather than profit.  The method of keeping and valuing the taste of the ingredients is connected to Kyoto cuisine; they take great care with not only the taste and flavor but also the color and appearance of the pickles.  Above all, Tomikawa’s Senmai-zuke (sliced and pickled white turnip), Shiba-zuke (pickles made with cucumber, egg plant, myoga ginger and shiso herb) leaves which have the reddish purple color of shiso herb and Suguki (a type of turnip pickles) are recommended.  These three items are certified and chosen as the best 100 products of Kyoto by the Kyoto Prefectural Food Industry Committee.  Indeed, they are the pickles that represent the taste of Kyoto.  The photos are of the Mizu Nasu Kiri-zuke (Eggplant pickles; one bag: 525 yen) which taste so fresh and are slightly sweet like fruit.  Not too salty so you can enjoy it as if you are eating a salad.  Mizu-Nasu no Nuka-zuke (eggplant pickled in fermented rice bran) is also one of their recommendations.

    Translation to English by AD BRAIN INC.
    Fujin-gaho,July issue,2010


    Name Kyo Tsukemono Tomikawa
    Address 5-2 Ryoanji Goryonoshita-cho, Ukyo-ku, Kyoto
    Tel 075-466-6675
    Hours 10:00-17:30
    Closed Wed.
    Recommended There is a café space where diners can enjoy coffee, tea, matcha ice cream, etc.