I knew that there was a restaurant near Kyoto’s Sanjo Station that offered a curry udon “ghost”, so I was curious and went to that restaurant “Eiji”. Anyway, the owner of this restaurant has a unique background, having served as a cook for the Antarctic Observation Team in the past. I feel like I can eat some unusual food …
Eiji | I tried to compare curry udon “Obake” and “Oba Q” made by a former Antarctic observation team cook
I was a little late at work and arrived at Eiji just around 9pm. The last order is 9:30, which is a little early, so it feels just in time.
There is a bit of mismatched Mexican music in the shop, which has a neat Japanese-style izakaya atmosphere, and there are a number of photos of the South Pole in the kitchen. If you look closely, the stickers of “My Neighborhood National Treasure” and “Magic Restaurant” … It seems that this shop and TV program are often introduced.
There are five counter seats and a total of six tables for two or four people. At a glance, will about 25-6 people enter in total? You will be guided to one of the tables, and you will immediately order the curry udon ghost (price: 1080 yen + tax) …
Curry udon Obake: Idea dish that looks strange but the contents are pure Japanese style
About 10 minutes after ordering. Curry udon Obake came. See below for the image …
As you can see, there is a large lump wrapped in raw yuba in the middle of the curry broth. This is the identity of “Obake”. What’s in it? When I open it with chopsticks right away …
Fried shrimp, mochi, raw fu, autumn leaves fu etc. came out with udon from the inside.
Breaking the wraps of raw yuba on your own will give you a little pleasure before eating. I like this kind of playful performance personally.
Then, the actual food … the udon is thinner than I imagined, it doesn’t have the softness of a typical Kyoto udon, and it has a good sticky feel. The noodles don’t have a sharp point … they don’t have the impact of Sanuki udon, but they have the impression that all the elements are above average and are likely to be universal.
Thick curry broth is tightly entangled with the noodles and jumps into the mouth with the noodles. The curry broth is peppery and quite spicy, and combined with the heat of the curry broth, the irritation to the tongue is quite good. The spiciness is reasonable, but you need to be careful not to burn your mouth.
Various ingredients such as mochi, raw fu, and raw yuba can neutralize this stimulus. Put a gentle flavor of food in your mouth and rest the tongue that has been stimulated by pepper and heat.
You tend to be distracted by the ghost presentations, but all of the ingredients are commonly available Japanese materials, and there’s nothing weird. Adding an idea to a very common curry udon to enhance its appeal … I wonder if more dishes like this can come out in terms of differentiation from other shops …
Curry udon Oba Q: Eggs and sliced cheese melted in seafood curry … Recommended for those who are less spicy and do not like spicy things
On the other hand, what about the “curry udon Oba Q (price: 1080 yen + tax)” that I ordered on another day…
This is not a package unlike “ghost”. Add the beaten egg to the curry stock and chop the leek in the center. If you look closely, you can see the white triangle from the curry broth. this is…
It’s sliced cheese. Three so that this is exactly at the corner of the triangle. This white triangle looks like something to attach to your head, but it wasn’t made with the image of a chilling spine.
Refreshing your mood and eating it … Curry soup is the same as “ghost”. However, thanks to the beaten eggs and sliced cheese, the spiciness is weakened, making it much easier to eat. For those who are not good at spicy foods, “Oba Q” is recommended over “Obake”.
The main ingredients are shrimp and squid leg. So the essence is seafood curry udon. Since both are small enough to be pinched with chopsticks, their presence is a bit thin. I don’t know if this is also for geishas, but I personally prefer a little larger ingredients.
Curry udon “Obake” and “Oba Q”. When I hear Oba Q, it reminds me of the cute characters of the anime. When I eat “Oba Q” here, it seems better to keep my imagination down.
Bonus: A young fried chicken (price 680 yen + tax)
As a bonus, we will finally introduce chicken fried chicken, which we ask for on the menu by conditional reflection …
Five chicken-sized chicken thighs are fried. It has a deep fried color, but the garment is soft and can be chewed without additional effort. The soup sauce made with soy sauce and sake is soaked to the inside, and the flavored gravy dripping from the cross section. It seems to be good enough not only as a snack for sake but also as a side dish for rice.
Other izakaya menus that you can order at Eiji are listed below, so please refer to them before you visit …
Reference: Udon, seasonal bar Eiji’s izakaya menu
Access to Udon and seasonal sake restaurant Eiji is immediately after getting off from the nearest station, Keihan Electric Railway / Sanjo Station (Kyoto Municipal Subway / Sanjo Keihan Station)
Now, the details of the shop.
Udon and seasonal sake restaurant EijiAddress: 36-4 Horinji Monzencho, Sakyo-ku, Kyoto, Kyoto
Phone number: 075-752-1163
Open: Lunch 11: 30-14: 00, Dinner 17: 30-22: 00
Credit card payment: No (cash payment only)