Sohonke Kinse

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    Sohonke Kinse

    Kyoto-style pickles with a true vegetable flavor

    Sohonke Kinse is Kyoto’s oldest pickle shop founded in 1764.  The first generation owner, Seiemon, who owned a rice wholesale shop in Omi (present-day Shiga prefecture), opened a pickle shop in Kyoto.  He used leftover vegetables for the pickles and they soon became popular.  Their pickles were once served to Higashi Hongan-ji Temple and Nishi Hongan-ji Temple from the mid- Edo period (1600-1868) to the early Meiji period (1868-1912).  Historical records say that their pickles were valued as a food eaten by the samurai who fought in the restoration battle in the late 19th century.  Free of food coloring, preservatives and artificial seasonings, their taste relies on the power of natural lactic acid, as the way people in the old days made the pickles.  Many fans return to Kinse to buy their favorite familiar taste.  One of the recommended items is the Cucumber Nara-zuke 1764 (900 yen for 2 cucumbers).  It has a unique aroma and a rich flavor and won the best award in the national Expo held in Kyoto in the Meiji Period (1868-1912).  Of course, this Nara-zuke is also made with the process that Kinse has preserved for generations.

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


    Name Sohonke Kinse
    Address 431 Furunishi-cho, Nishinotoin-dori Takoyakushi-sagaru, Nakagyo-ku, Kyoto
    Tel 075-229-6611
    Hours 12:00-17:00
    Closed Irregularly
    Recommended The shop was selected as the "Long-established shop in Kyoto" by the city in 1977; In 2004, Senmai-zuke, Suguki and Shiba-zuke were certified as the Kyoto Brand items.