Friday, 7 August 2015

[Kyoto] - Yudofu Lunch at Kiyomizu Junsei Okabeya

Kiyomizu Junsei Okabeya - Recommended Yudofu Kyoto specialities in Kiyomizu | by Meheartseoul
Arrived at Kiyomizu, we're guided to restaurant for lunch before going to the temple... | Kiyomizu Junsei Okabeya (清水順正おかべ家)
 Kiyomizu Junsei Okabeya Tofu Restaurant (清水順正おかべ家).

Yodofu (湯豆腐) is one of the famous dishes in Kyoto. Originated as temple food (shojin ryori) to substitute protein source from meat or fish, Buddhist priests in Kyoto using tofu as precious source of protein.  It's simple in preparation too by simmered Tofu in earthenware pot (donabe) with hot water (Yu). | Kiyomizu Junsei Okabeya (清水順正おかべ家)
Rustic restaurant in the heart of busy Kiyomizu Street. (photo source) | Kiyomizu Junsei Okabeya (清水順正おかべ家)
I think the whole restaurant was booked to cater for our group lunch.
For our team, we were placed on this second floor dining hall.
All of the dishes were prepared on the tables before we arrived. | Kiyomizu Junsei Okabeya (清水順正おかべ家)
 Each table has a big earthen pot of Youtoufu for 4 persons servings.
Individual set for vegetable tempura, shrimp, sakura yam, pickles, sesame tofu and... | Kiyomizu Junsei Okabeya (清水順正おかべ家) 
yummy grilled soy bean paste on tofu skewer (Dengaku).

Fresh vegetables and local traditional handmade tofu dominate the menu in Kyoto, making it one of the healthiest cuisines in the world. | Kiyomizu Junsei Okabeya (清水順正おかべ家)
Philosophy of Kyo-ryori (京料理 = Kyoto Cuisine) translates to:
* Bring the natural taste of seasonal ingredients ‘to life’ by using minimal seasoning.
* Avoid excessive heat and not overcooking.
* Present the food beautifully according to the season. | Kiyomizu Junsei Okabeya (清水順正おかべ家)
Yudofo is the best example that bring out the spirit of Kyo-ryori.

You can enjoy this classic Zen cuisine on its own after scoop it out from the pot to taste the light and smooth texture of Yudofo.

Our guide suggested us to dip a bit of soy sauce and garnish it with spring onion, ginger as condiments. 

Guides were busy asking red pepper flakes from the restaurant as most of the tour members mainly from Indonesia and Malaysia. They simply can't eat food without chilly and love rich flavored food. So to them even after garnished it, yudofu still tasteless or too bland.

Actually, the main focus of this dish is the elegance of its simplicity and enjoying the purity and delicate flavor of yudofu. | Kiyomizu Junsei Okabeya (清水順正おかべ家)
Quickly finished our lunch and went out to inhale fresh air downstairs.
It's too chaotic inside the restaurant, especially with one attention seeker uncle
keep walking around and whistling beside me. He even purposely screamed 
'Ho I Si' (let him die) to the Japanese cameramen, when the cameramen nicely 
asked us to say 'Oishi' (delicious). Haiz... no comment! | Kiyomizu Junsei Okabeya (清水順正おかべ家)
Fountain pond outside the restaurant.

Healthy and nutritious tofu also one of the staple ingredients in Korean cuisine.

In fact, the plainness of Yudofu quite similar to Chodang Sundubu (초당순두부) that we tasted in Korea. But watery Chodang Sundubu is more like crushed tofu instead of cube shape. It's also traditionally handmade, prepared from locally grown soybeans and seawater in Gangneung. 

We also like Sundubu-jjigae (순두부찌개).  This spicy silky tofu stew usually cooked with sour kimchi meat or seafood, vegetables and egg indeed very tempting and tasty. | Kiyomizu Junsei Okabeya (清水順正おかべ家)
 Kiyomizu Junsei Okabeya (清水順正おかべ家).

Add: 239 Kiyomizu 2-chōme, Higashiyama-ku,
         Kyōto-shi, Kyōto-fu 605-0862, Japan
Tel:  +81 75-541-7111
Operating hours: Mon - Sun (10:30 am - 5:00 pm)