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Zenzai (Red Bean Soup) @ Kasagi-ya

Posted on 7 March 2012

Travel Date: 30 October 2010
Location: Higashiyama area, Kyoto
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I admit – many places of this trip that I went, are all mentioned in a book called 浪漫的逃亡 (Escape to Japan). It’s no Lonely Planet (I’ve yet to use one so far) but it’s quite a meaningful book to me. That includes this shop, Kasagi-ya (かさぎ屋) which mentioned in one of my most favourite chapters, 紅豆婆婆的一生懸命 – something about an old lady who spent most of her lifetime making azuki bean (red bean) mochi here.

A very-easily-to-be-missed shop front

Display - spot the little Halloweens pumpkins

Menu on the wall, 7 items in total

Placed an order for Kyoto zenzai, or ozenzai (善哉、ぜんざい) – sweet azuki bean soup with pieces of mochi. Am not the biggest fan of azuki beans and mochi but this zenzai soup is an exceptional, the slight sourness of the soup and the sweetness of the azuki bean mochi are such a lovely combination. Probably the warmest thing you can have in a cool autumn day, in a little shop like this in Kyoto.

Warm tiny interior

Ozenzai! (650Y)

Although I didn’t see the old lady as described in the book, but knowing that I’m sitting here having the same warm fuzzy yummy zenzai as the author did, is one of the many happy things I did in Kyoto.


How To Get There

  • Coming out from Kiyomizudera (清水寺), you’ll see Sannenzaka slope
  • There’s a turning to Ninenzaka slope after Sannenzaka, Kasagi-ya should be on the left, opposite Cafe Garakuta

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