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[KYOTO] Nakamura Tokichi 中村藤吉

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\Nakamura Tokichi 中村藤吉

Add: 10, Ichiban Uji , Uji-shi, Kyoto / 京都府宇治市宇治壱番十番地
Tel: 0774-22-7800
Hours: [tea shop] 10am-6pm [cafe] 11am-6pm
Website: www.tokichi.jp
Price: [set meal] ¥980-1,100 [desserts] ¥720-800

Uji, a tranquil and charming town 30 minutes outside of Kyoto, is known for having the best green tea in all of Japan. Among the many tea roasters and sellers, 150-year-old Nakamura Tokichi is especially well-known not just for serving excellent tea, but also a range of tea-flavored desserts that will delight even those who are not in the habit of tea drinking.

For lunch, we tried Tokichi Udon Set 藤吉うどんセット( ¥980) and Tea Soba Set 茶蕎麦セット(¥1,180), each including a bowl noodles, seaweed-seasoned rice, pickles, and a cup of tea jelly dessert. While the noodles are green in color, the tea flavor was almost indiscernible. The  miniature dessert, on the other hand, was a delightful cup of tea jelly, sweet red bean paste, and glutinous rice ball. I was absolutely convinced that I had to try more of their desserts before I leave Uji.

Being too full from the meal, we decided to stroll around Uji before heading to back to Nakamura for more desserts. After visiting Byodoin Temple, Ujigami Shrine, and Uji River, we happened to pass by the Byodoin store of Nakamura. Dessert time :)

First we tried 生茶ゼリイTea Jelly  ( ¥1,180): 3 scoops of gloriously rich tea-flavored ice-cream, pieces of quivering tea jelly, chewy glutinous rice balls, and a bed of rice crispies at the bottom offering a nice texture contrast. Though the dessert usually only comes in one flavor of ice-cream – either matcha tea (green color) or roasted green tea (brown color) – the waitress gave me both flavors upon request.

We also tried the シフォンケーキ chiffon cakes, which were light and fluffy in the most heavenly way. Better yet, they came with a cup of soft-served ice-cream also topping a bed of rice crispies. Perfect!

When in Kyoto, do yourself a favor and visit Nakamura Tokichi. You will not be disappointed.

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November 19th, 2010 at 5:49 pm

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  1. Wonderful scenes of Japan. I used to live there, and visited at the same time last year. It’s a beautiful place and you captured it very well. Youve left me craving food and travel ;)

    Jonathan

    7 May 11 at 7:50 AM

  2. Thanks Jonathan, just checked out your flickr album – beautiful photography! Really nice colors and composition :)

    sugarednspiced

    7 May 11 at 8:04 AM

  3. Hello

    We are very impressed by your photos. We would potentially like to use your image and recipe on our website http://www.koyumatcha.com

    Is this something that you would be interested in ? Is there something you would want from us in return ? Please let me know your thoughts

    Regards

    Koyu Food

    20 Jul 11 at 8:29 PM

  4. Hi there, can you let me know which images you will be using? Please email me at sugarednspiced@gmail.com about the details, thank you.

    sugarednspiced

    20 Jul 11 at 9:26 PM

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