'Kyoto' on Serious Eats

My Favorite Japanese Meal: Yudofu, or 'Hot Water Tofu'

Smooth and custardy with an unparalleled clean flavor, yudofu is my favorite way to eat tofu. Literally translating to "hot water tofu," that's essentially all there is to it. Tofu warmed up in a bowl of hot water lightly seasoned with a strip of kombu, and served with a set of simple condiments and side dishes mostly made from tofu and related products. Take a look at a typical yudofu meal in Kyoto. More

Snapshots from Japan: Street Fair Food in Kyoto

The Japanese aren't big snackers. Indeed, it's frowned upon to eat while walking. Which is not to say that the street food isn't delicious. It is, and just like at a midwestern state fair, foods tend to rely heavily on easy-to-do-outdoors cooking techniques like deep-frying and grilling. Sweet, tangy Kewpie mayonnaise is nearly ubiquitous, as are the many minor variations of Worcestershire-based Japanese-style barbecue sauce. Peep through the slideshow for a full look at what you can get in a typical street fair. More

Exceptional Shojin-ryori at Kajitsu in the East Village

Shojin-ryori, the predecessor to kaiseki cuisine devised centuries ago by Buddhist monks (and the basis for the food served at Kajitsu) has been a purely vegan cuisine from its outset. There are no wizard-like attempts to transform vegetables into meat-like products, no culinary mimicry, rather It's a cuisine that celebrates vegetables in all of their diverse glory. Kajitsu practices this tradition exceptionally well. More

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