5 Must-Eat Purin From Kyoto Made With Local Ingredients
Purin is a type of Japanese custard pudding loved by kids and adults alike. Since they are cheap and simple to buy, they are often bought as souvenirs or picked up as a light snack. Though they are made simply of milk and eggs, the way they are made and the ingredients used as different from store to store.
In this article we’ll take a look at 5 must-eat purin recommended by the Kyoto Prefecture regional information site KYOTO SIDE all made with ingredients sourced in the city itself. The cute jars they come in are a must-see too!
“KIMIIRO” @ Kyotango – Colourful jam purin
This tasty and decorative collection is sold at purin specialist shop EGGTONE which is produced by HISAMI. A total of six pastel-coloured purin make up the line. The peanut butter purin pictured on the far left is a new flavour that just arrived this spring. All of these jam purin are great options and can be enjoyed on their own, on bread or on hot cakes.
“Maizuru Purin” @ Maizuru – The winner of the Special Award at the Purin Festival
Bistro Arle is a little-known good bistro located in Maizuru where customers enjoy local seafood and Italian dishes. They also sell Maizuru Purin, a purin which won the Special Judge’s Award in 2016 and 2018 at the annual P-1 Grand Prix purin festival held in Fukui Prefecture. This rich purin is made with Akaiwa Kougen eggs from Maizuru and fresh cream from Hokkaido.
“Hozugawa Fuwa Toro Sakura Purin Premium Umaremashits” @ Kameoka – A collaboration with Kyoto Seika University
This local Kameoka purin was made in collaboration with Kyoto Seika University. It’s made with milk from Tamba, honey from Kameoka, and a type of domestic Japanese chicken called Sakura which has been fed rice from Tamba. While it has a strong flavour it has a texture that just melts in your mouth the moment it hits your tongue. It’s being sold for a limited-time only at Galleria Kameoka Rest Area.
“Muracha Purin” @ Minamiyamashiro – Made with an abudance of local tea leaves
Michi no Eki Ocha no Kyoto Minamiyamashiro-Mura opened in 2017. Their Muracha Purin is made solely with Okumidori tea from the village of Minamiyamashiro, the same region where Uji tea is made. The tea is boiled slowly to create a thick texture. And its bright green appearance is confirmation that only the freshest leaves are used. This is a serious treat for tea lovers!
“Shiroi Hana Purin” @ Kyotango – A pure white purin that has just the right amount of sweetness
This purin is sold at Chiisana Shiroi Hana, a hotel in Kyotango that sits on the bank of Kyoto’s widest lake Hanare Lake. It’s made with no eggs, just refreshing milk, fresh cream, and fromage blanc. The sweetness comes naturally from the milk and so isn’t overly-sweet, instead having a more gentle flavour.
Pick up one of these luxurious purin whether as a small souvenir or as a treat to yourself!
KYOTO SIDE: https://www.kyotoside.jp/
Cheese Tea Shop machi machi Showcases Christmas 2020 Beverage
30.November.2020 | FOOD
Taiwanese cheese tea shop machi machi is releasing a new drink in Japan this holiday season on December 1: the ‘Flurry Strawberry Milk With Crème Brûlée.’
machi machi is an extremely popular cheese tea chain in Taiwan that has been called the ‘king of cheese tea’ by Taiwanese news outlets. Each and every cup poured is made fresh with tea from Taiwan to which rich cream cheese is added for a salty kick, creating a new kind of dessert drink.
Flurry Strawberry Milk With Crème Brûlée | ¥750 (Before Tax)
The new Christmas beverage being served in Japan uses fresh strawberries which adds a delightful sweetness to the milk. It’s topped with crushed Oreos and combined with crème brûlée for a variety of layered flavours. The Oreos add crunch to the dessert drink so that it’s a delicious experience down to the last sip.
If you’ve never had Taiwanese cheese tea, and are in Japan this Christmas, don’t miss out on this seasonal drink, available for the whole month of December.
Flurry Strawberry Milk With Crème Brûlée
Serving: December 1, 2020 – December 31, 2020
Available: machi machi stores in Japan
Official Website: https://machimachi.baycrews.co.jp
Japanese Koala’s March Cookies Collaborates With Pokémon On Cheesecake Moomoo Milk Flavour
Koala’s March is one of the many tasty treats made by Japanese confectionery company Lotte. They are bite-sized cookies with sweet fillings. Lotte is teaming up with Pokémon to release 48 Koala’s March products with Pokémon prints on them.
Koala’s March With Pokémon – Cheesecake Moomoo Milk Flavour
The crunchy biscuits feature a variety of Pokémon prints on them along with the Pokémon’s names’ in Japanese. They are filled with sweet cheesecake-flavoured chocolate. The collaboration is inspired by Moomoo Milk, an HP-restoring medicine seen in Pokémon. Together with the original Koala’s March prints, there are a total of 96 individual designs to find.
A proper tasty snack for any Pokémon Trainer out there!
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Koala’s March With Pokémon – Cheesecake Moomoo Milk Flavour
Release Date: December 1, 2020
Product Page: https://www.lotte.co.jp/products/brand/koala/pokemon
Enjoy the Beautiful Taste of Kyoto at Isetan Shinjuku in Tokyo
28.November.2020 | FOOD
Isetan Shinjuku has announced a special event dedicated to promoting the beautiful taste of Tokyo. Set to begin on December 2, the event will see both traditional and newer restaurants from Kyoto come together to serve up Kyoto-style cuisine to the people of Tokyo from oldies like sushi to dango to more modern dishes like okonomiyaki and katsu sandwiches. Visitors will also be able to watch real chefs from Kyoto at work.
Hi-Lite Shokudo’s “Hi-Lite Katsu Sandwich” | ¥850
Since first opening in 1960, Hi-Lite Shokudo has continued to treasure the taste of home cooking and has continued to evolve that taste over the years to cater to each generation. Its famous katsu sandwich is made with a secret sauce that has kept it unbeaten against other popular eateries in Kyoto, and they’ve upped the taste for this event.
Kotoka’s “Mitarashi-dango” | ¥864 (6 Sticks)
These dango are made fresh in front of customers and are doused in a rich secret sauce. Their chewy texture is irresistible.
Izuu’s Mackerel and Tilefish Assortment | ¥4,455 (3 of each per person)
Izuu is an iconic sushi restaurant in Kyoto that was first established in 1781. This assortment is made with chub mackerel from coastal waters, esumai rice from Shiga Prefecture, and kombu from Hokkaido.。
Yumeya’s Fuwafuwa Okonomiyaki | ¥801 (1 portion)
Many people living outside of Kyoto search for the okonomiyaki flavour served by Yumeya. It’s made fresh, fluffy, and is topped with lots of ingredients.
Daitokuji Saiki-ya’s “Dashimaki Tamago” | ¥648 (1 portion)
Daitokuji Saiki-ya is a specialty store in Kyoto catered food in business for 1933 years. It serves Kyoto-style dashimaki tamago as well as lots of other delicious food that captures the taste of Kyoto.
Kyoto Food Fair (Japanese: 美味満喫 冬の京都特集)
Running: December 2, 2020 – December 8, 2020
Location: Isetan Shinjuku Floor 1F
Official Website: https://www.isetan.mistore.jp.e.az.hp.transer.com/shinjuku/shops/foods/foodcollection/shopnews_list/shopnews010.html
Sailor Moon Opens Its Third Petit Store at KIDDYLAND Kyoto Shijo Kawaramachi
28.November.2020 | ANIME&GAME
To celebrate the upcoming release of the two-part Sailor Moon Eternal movie, a third branch of Sailor Moon store -petit- is set to open at KIDDYLAND Kyoto Shijo Kawaramachi on December 5, 2020.
Sailor Moon fans can look forward to getting their hands on a magical menagerie of original merchandise originally only available at the Sailor Moon store in Harajuku as well as a super soft, exclusive store-original Climax Moon Compact cushion.
Other items include candy charms, acrylic Christmas 2020 stands, pins, and more. Customers who spend over ¥3,000 (tax included) will also receive a free folder. These are available on a first-come, first-served basis and feature a cute design drawn by one of the store owners.
Sailor Moon store -petit-
Grand Opening: December 5, 2020
Location: KIDDYLAND Kyoto Shijo Kawaramachi
Address: 344 Takoyakushi Sagaru Shioyacho, Kawaramachidori, Nakagyo-ku, Kyoto-shi, Kyoto
Opening Hours: 11:00-21:00 (Subject to change without notice)
Official Website: http://sailormoon-official.com/store/
Sailor Moon Eternal
Animated film releasing in two parts in 2021.
Part One: January 8, 2021
Part Two: February 11, 2021
Official Website: https://sailormoon-movie.jp/
Strawberry Shortcake Crepe Arrive For Christmas 2020 at gelato pique cafe
26.November.2020 | FOOD
gelato pique cafe in Japan is celebrating the holiday season with a series of ‘WHITE CHRISTMAS’ themed crepes and soft serve ice creams until December 27.
The cafe is a branch of the loungewear brand gelato pique. It aims to create desserts for adults. This Christmas, it is serving up some holiday special crepes and ice creams.
Strawberry Shortcake Crepe | ¥880 (Before Tax)
A fat crepe stuffed with strawberries and adorned in a way that’s just like a shortcake. It contains not only strawberries, but raspberries, and cream. The whole wheat biscuit adds texture to the crepe so it’s delicious to the last bite.
Pique Bear Crepe | ¥1,180 (Before Tax) *Limited quantity served each day
A snowy, all-white crepe made with sweet strawberries, milk gelato, and whole wheat biscuit. It’s topped with a cute white chocolate bear.
Holiday Special Soft Creams – From Left: Strawberry Custard, Rich Milk, Mix | ¥450 Each (Before Tax)
The strawberry custard ice cream is made with smooth, sweet, and rich custard cream and strawberry for a melt-in-the-mouth combination. The rich milk ice cream is a mix of refreshing milk and rich vanilla. The mix option combines both of these flavours which results in a real mouth-watering treat.
If you’re in Japan this holiday season, don’t miss out on these delightful desserts.
Running: November 16, 2020 – December 27, 2020
Gelato pique cafe Official site：https://pique-cafe.com/
*The Gotemba Premium Outlets branch of gelato pique cafe is only selling the Strawberry Custard Cream Soft Cream
*The Tamagawa Takashimaya S.C. branch is not selling soft creams
Make Your Own Chocolate Pokémon Pies With Lotte’s Confectionery DIY Kit
Japanese confectionery company Lotte is launching a new version of its popular Choco Pie dessert in collaboration with Pokémon.
Pokémon Trainers out there with sweet tooths are given an ordinary blank Choco Pie which they can decorate with the accompanying assorted chocolates, nuts, and sweets to create their favourite Pokémon. They can create their own from their mind or follow the recipe provided.
Choco Pie Art with Pokémon will be released by Lotte in Japan on November 24, 2020.
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Luxurious Christmas Desserts Whipped Up at Ginza’s SHISEIDO PARLOUR SALON DE CAFE
23.November.2020 | FOOD
SHISEIDO PARLOUR SALON DE CAFE in Ginza, Tokyo, is serving up Christmas cheer this year in the form of a delightful selection of desserts from December 1 to 29.
Christmas Angel Parfait | ¥2,300 (Tax Included)
Made with super sweet Le Lectier pears and combined with assorted berries, this parfait is like a gift from the heavens.
Present From The Heavens w/ Drink | ¥2,500 (Tax Included)
A super cute Christmas assortment with a Christmas present made from white chocolate and berry yam, a snowman made from yuzu citrus-laced milk ice cream, and more.
Shiseido Parlour Story w/ Drink | ¥2,600 (Tax Included) *Served weekdays only
Ensemble Chocolate w/ Drink | ¥2,200 (tax Included)
A brownie made from a combination of Belgian, French, and Swiss chocolate surrounded by ganache, ice cream, and more, served with a spread of berry sauce.
Strawberry Parfait | ¥2,000 (Tax Included)
A simple but deliciously sweet parfait made with koiminori strawberries from Nagasaki. It’s served with ice cream and sauce but only contains 10g sugar content.
SHISEIDO PARLOUR SALON DE CAFÉ
Address: Tokyo Ginza Shiseido Building 3F, 8-8-3 Ginza, Chuo-ku, Tokyo
TEL: 03-5537-6231 (Reservations Not Required)
[Mon-Sat] 11:00-21:00 (Last Orders 20:30)
[Sun & Public Holidays] 11:00-20:00 (Last Orders 19:30)
Closed: Mondays (Except Public Holidays) / New Year Holidays
Official Website: https://parlour.shiseido.co.jp/
Pikachu Caramel Frappes Zap Their Way to Pikachu Sweets by Pokémon Cafe This Holiday Season
Pikachu Sweets by Pokémon Cafe in Ikebukuro, Tokyo, is adding the new “Caramel Pika Pika Frappe” to its menu this holiday season from December 5, 2020 to January 15, 2021.
Caramel Pika Pika Frappe | ¥700 (Before Tax)
The adorable beverage is based on the Japanese custard pudding known as purin. It’s laced with caramel sauce, closed off with a squirt of whipped cream, and finished with a sprinkling of chocolate chips for accent.
The drink also comes with one of four possible Pikachu sleeves which feature designs in promotion of the upcoming animated film Pokémon the Movie: Secrets of the Jungle (also known as Pokémon the Movie: Coco) which will be released in Japan on December 25, 2020 and in the US in 2021.
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Pokémon, ポケットモンスター, and ポケモン are registered trademarks of Nintendo, Creatures Inc., and GAME FREAK inc.
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Pikachu Sweets by Pokémon Cafe
Address: Sunshine City Alpa 2F, 3-1-2 Higashi-Ikebukuro, Toshima-ku, Tokyo
Opening Hours: 10:00-20:00
Official Website: https://www.pokemoncenter-online.com/cafe/pikachu_sweets/
McDonald’s Luxurious Chocolate Frappes in Collaboration With GODIVA Are Mouth-Watering
20.November.2020 | FOOD
McDonald’s Japan has revealed two new beverages which will be sold at McCafé by Barista branches of McDonald’s from November 25: the “GODIVA Chocolate Espresso Frappe & Macaron” and the “GODIVA Chocolate Espresso Frappe.”
This is McCafé by Barista’s first collaboration with the Turkish chocolate company GODIVA. The drinks were made under the supervision of Yannick Chevolleau, an executive chef and chocolatier pâtissier at GODIVA, bringing together a match made in heaven of rich chocolate and espresso.
GODIVA Chocolate Espresso Frappe – Regular Size (¥540)
The beverage contains a dark chocolate sauce which combines cacao powder and roasted cacao beans which is mixed together with fragrant espresso and milk before being topped with whipped cream drizzled in a couverture chocolate sauce made from 54% Belgian chocolate.
GODIVA Chocolate Espresso Frappe & Macaron – Regular Size (¥540)
You can also get it topped with a vanilla-flavoured macaron which adds sweetness to the rich beverage and looks even more Instagram-worthy.
GODIVA Chocolate Espresso Frappe & Macaron
GODIVA Chocolate Espresso Frappe
Serving: November 25, 2020 – Mid January 2021 (subject to change)
Available: At McCafé by Barista branches of McDonald’s in Japan
Mickey & Friends Disney Christmas Cupcakes to be Released at Ginza Cozy Corner
Japanese confectionery company Ginza Cozy Corner is teaming up with Disney once again to release a new Christmas collection of cupcakes on December 1.
Colourful Disney treats for the holiday season
This sweet seasonal collection is inspired by Mickey & Friends and contains nine unique cupcakes which depict the characters getting ready for their Christmas party.
Disney Christmas Collection (Contains 9) | ¥2,500 (Before Tax)
Cupcakes include a Santa-hat wearing, chocolate ganache-filled Mickey cream cheese cake, a strawberry jam-filled Minnie mousse cake, a lemon and mint cream-packed, Christmas decoration-adorned Donald tart, a banana and mint cream Pluto tart, an orange cream Goofy chocolate cake, and more.
The cakes are packed in a special Disney Christmas box which is sure to catch the attention of sweet tooths this holiday season, perfect for stay-at-home Christmas parties.
Disney Christmas Collection
Running: December 1, 2020 – December 25, 2020
Ginza Cozy Corner Official Website: https://www.cozycorner.co.jp/
Starbucks Japan Reveals Matcha x Matcha White Chocolate Frappuccino®
19.November.2020 | FOOD
Starbucks Coffee Japan has revealed that its second instalment of its limited-edition holiday season 2020 beverages will be the “Matcha x Matcha White Chocolate” and “Matcha x Matcha White Chocolate Frappuccino®” which customers can order from November 24. A new batch of festive Starbucks merch will also hit Japanese branches on November 30.
A harmonious fusion of matcha and sweet white chocolate
Matcha x Matcha White Chocolate Frappuccino® Tall ¥590 (Tall-size only)
Matcha x Matcha White Chocolate: Short ¥450 / Tall ¥490 / Grande ¥530 / Venti® ¥570 (Hot option only)
Matcha is one of Starbucks Japan’s signature flavours and just to happens to have been in the spotlight in last year’s holiday season drinks. This year sees marbling mixture of of rich matcha sauce and sweet white chocolate syrup with the Frappuccino®, finished with a squirt of whipped cream, brownie bits, and snowy powdered sugar. The hot version comes as a marriage of matcha and white mocha mixed together with steamed milk to warm the cockles of hearts during the cold months.
New holiday season merchandise
The theme of the second batch of merchandise is “Brilliant Season” which capture the bright and sparkly vibe of winter like with the snowflake-covered stainless steel bottle, a glass mug with beads in it that move around when shaken, a snow globe, and more. The perfect line-up for capturing the holiday season mood during your coffee break.
Starbucks Japan is currently serving the Berry x Berry No-Bake Cheesecake Frappuccino® and Berry x Berry White Mocha holiday season drinks for the holiday season until November 24 when they will be replaced by the Matcha x Matcha White Chocolate and Matcha x Matcha White Chocolate Frappuccino®. It is also serving the Starbucks® Christmas Blend, Gingerbread Latte, and Macadamia Toffee Latte until Christmas Day.
Matcha x Matcha White Chocolate and Matcha
Matcha White Chocolate Frappuccino®
Running: November 1, 2020 – December 25, 2020
Available: Starbucks in Japan
Starbucks Japan Official Website: https://www.starbucks.co.jp/
Hotel & Rooms Kyoto Shichijo: Kyoto’s New Hotel Opening in Spring 2021
18.November.2020 | SPOT
Solare Hotels & Resorts has announced that the new Hotel & Rooms Kyoto Shichijo will open in Spring 2021. It will be located just a 7-minute walk from the JR side of Kyoto Station’s Central Exit, making it a convenient hub for tourists looking to sightsee in the city.
The casual yet stylish hotel caters to couples, families, and groups travelling together.
“Verical Garden” in the Elevator Hall
Enjoy the open central garden at the hotel cafe
The hotel takes advantage of the building’s old Kyoto-style townhouse design and incorporates a contemporary feel to its interior. The décor is a merging of traditional and contemporary Japan. Guest rooms are centred on groups 2-3 people with double and twin rooms available, allowing for comfort and relaxation.
Spacious washroom with wooden décor
A traditional and modern fusion of stylish mirrors and warm wood
The washrooms offer a relaxing respite from the day’s travels, incorporating the beauty of traditional Kyoto with the modern. The hotel also has its own cafe on the first floor which serves breakfast and lunch and even turns into a bar in the evenings. It’s open to both guests and non-guests to serve as a hub for travellers and locals to enjoy the fruits of Kyoto together.
If you’re planning a trip to Kyoto next spring or beyond, be sure to check out
Hotel & Rooms Kyoto Shichijo (Japanese: ホテル・アンドルームス京都七条)
Address: 730 Ebisunocho, Shimogyo-ku, Kyoto
Grand Opening: Spring 2021
Official Website: https://www.solarehotels.co.jp/