My faverite take out sushi in Kyoto is Yayoi-sushi.
It is located in Ichijyoji Sakyo area.
The shop was established on 1962 in another place in Ichijyoji.
They make Nigiri.
But my favorite is maki, which is rolled by sea weed.
This is a box sushi from Syuraku in Kanazawa.
Omicho Ichiba, which has 280 years history, is in Kanazawa city.
Fresh fish is gathered there.
Syuraku can be found there.
They sell pressed sushi of various fish in season.
This box sushi contains: eel,sole,shad,salmon,shrimp,harfbeak,barracuda,yellowtail,seabass,barracuda,small sea bream, and pherring roe
It is enjoyable to eat many kinds.
It is called Ehomaki.
Eho means the year’s auspicious direction.
Maki means sushi roll.
When you eat this, you have to face in the year’s auspicious direction.
You dig into the whole sushi roll, without speaking and while hoping for good luck.
Ehomaki is delicious, so every year I am looking forward to it.
I wonder how ginger is used for cooking in other countries.
I made sweetened vinegar ginger using organic new ginger from Shimanto in Kochi prefecture.
Shimanto is number 1 for ginger production in Japan.
You can find this next to sushi at sushi restaurants, where it is called “Gari”.
Vinegar and something sweet like sugar are boiled together, and also sliced thin ginger is boiled in water for about 3 minutes, then all are put together into a jar.
It turns a pretty pink color.
That is nice to see.
After I came back to Fukuoka, I went to the Kaiten sushi (conveyorbelt sushi) restaurant.
Sushi here is fresh and very good.
There are sushi types here that I never heard of before when I used to live in Kyoto.
For example: Yazu, Hirasu, Isaki…
For Kansai people, even Aji (Horse Mackerel) and Sanma (Pacific Saury) are unusual sushi toppings.
Maguro (Tuna), Hamachi (Yellowtail), and Tai (Snapper)… are around everywhere.
This shop is “Fujimaru.”
I also know Kaiten Sushi restaurant which is a little expensive but very good in Fukuoka city.
I will introduce it sometime.
By the way, the topping of the dish in front is the skin of a Blowfish.
The road between Wakasa bay and the city of Kyoto is called “Saba Kaido”.
‘Saba’ is mackerel and ‘Kaido’ means a road.
Long ago, when cars and trains didn’t exist, sea food was carried by foot.
Especially they transported a lot of mackerels, that is why it came to be called the Saba Kaido.
Mackerels were preserved with salt so when they got to the city, they were delicious.
There are several shops sell Saba zushi ( mackerel sushi) on Saba Kaido.
This is Tochiuumetake( 栃生梅竹).
I like it best.
It is very good, so I sometimes go there to eat with friends.