One of Kyoto’s specialties is “Nishin (herring) Soba”. Nishin soba is made from kakesoba and grated noodles with candied boiled rice. In a time when logistics were not in place, it was the beginning of trying to use soybean noodles, a valuable seafood in Kyoto, as ingredients for soba.
Why do not you eat this Nishin soba at the most traditional soba shop in Kyoto? That is the proposal. After all, the shops introduced in this article have been doing business in Kyoto before the “Onin’s rebellion”, so its history and tradition are not hampered …
Honke Owariya | The longest-established long-established store in Kyoto since its establishment for over 550 years.
According to the store’s website, Honke Owariya has been doing business in Kyoto for over 550 years! In 1465, the confectioner from Owari no Kuni came to Kyoto and started doing business. A big turning point came to Owariya, which has been operating as a confectionery store ever since, in the middle of the Edo period. It is said that soba noodles have been eaten at Zen temples in Kyoto, and that the temple has started accepting orders that can no longer be covered. It is not an exaggeration to say that Oboniya, which has such a history, is at least the oldest history and tradition in Kyoto.
The head family Owariya has an old-fashioned appearance along Kurayamachi-dori on the east side of Karasuma-dori. A gate that makes you feel the history, and one character of “Treasure” drawn in the center of the curtain. Soba was once considered an auspicious food to collect treasures, and was also known as “Horai”. The old Kanji character of “Treasure” is a symbol of the store, so you can feel a strong feeling for the side of the store.
After passing through the noren, we entered the shop. The audience seemed to be mainly on the second floor, and they were guided to the second floor. The inside of the store seems to be wider than you can see from the outside, and it has a rather complicated structure like a Kyoto building. You can worship the garden, so if you have the time, you might want to take a walk around the store.
Nishin soba: A simple piece of herring on a rustic soba creates a modest luxury of the old days
Let’s introduce this target, Nishin soba (price: 1242 yen). From a simple kake-soba with only soba and broth, only one herring is protruding outside …
From a few meters before the seat where I am sitting, the fragrance of fine soup comes out. Rishiri kelp, mekon (sota bonito), urume, and soup stock taken with Saba-bushi are gentle in sweetness when they are contained in the mouth, and will be pulled out without leaving any aftertaste. Supporting this elegant taste is the abundant groundwater in Kyoto. In any case, the total amount of groundwater flowing in Kyoto is comparable to the total amount of water in Lake Biwa. Even the head family Owariya uses this groundwater for soup stocking and soba noodle making. If you follow the secret of the taste of Honke Owariya, you will end up in Kyoto’s groundwater.
For the buckwheat noodles, buckwheat flour purchased from a contractor in Otoineppu, Hokkaido is used. The buckwheat noodles made with freshly ground buckwheat flour are finely chopped but full of aroma and stiffness.
And the herring that is long enough to cross the bowl. Despite being boiled down to black, the seasoning is slightly sweet. If you pinch it with chopsticks, you can loosen it lightly so it is easy to eat Somehow, it’s a modest luxury in a time when supplies aren’t enough … this seems to be like a piece of char siu in ramen in the Showa era, and I can’t help but feel personally. Hmm.
Extraordinary attention to groundwater to make delicious soba noodles … Access to Oyaya Honke is a 2-minute walk from the nearest station, Kyoto Municipal Subway, Karasuma Oike Station
Honke Owariya has a total of three stores, Takashimaya store and Shijo store, in addition to the main store introduced this time, but these three stores have unusual commitment to water … The 15th Inaoka Denzaemon of the predecessor stated that the condition of opening a branch was “to provide dashi with the same water quality as the groundwater of the main store.”
In other words, no matter where you eat in any of these three stores, you can eat soba with exactly the same quality as the main store. Even those who do not have time to go to the main store, please use the Takashimaya store and the Shijo store, which are easily accessible.
Now, the details of the shop.
Honke Owariya Head Shop
Address: Kyoto, Kyoto City
Phone number: 075-231-3446
Open: 11: 00-18: 00 LO
Close: January 1 and January 2 only
Credit card payment: Accepted
Honke Owariya Takashimaya Store
Address: Kyoto Takashimaya 7F, 52 Shinmachi, Kyoto
Phone number: 075-223-2632
Business hours: 11: 00-20: 45 LO
Regular holiday: January 1 only
Honke Owariya Shijo store
Address: 624, Shijo Center Basement, 624, Teinoyasu-Maenocho, Shimogyo-ku, Kyoto-shi, Kyoto
Phone number: 075-221-6080
Open: 11: 00-19: 30 LO
Close: Every Tuesday, January 1