December 8, 2016
We’ve still got Kyoto footage that we’d like to share with you. I know this video could have gone into the Kyoto: One Week of Food video, but we liked this place so much that we wanted to save it for a standalone video. I mean, it’s sticks of food! I love food sticks! Food that I can eat without using chopsticks or utensils makes me so happy. Finger foods, like little finger sandwiches or cookies make me very happy. hotdogs and hamburgers are great. If I don’t have to have a plate or utensils, then the food tastes better because I don’t have to think about cleaning up. That definitely adds to the flavour.
Now, we call these sticks Kushiage. We like the sound of it better, though we know it’s also called Kushikatsu. Both work. Though Kushikatshu makes more sense to me, I think, because katsus are always crunchy. From my experience at least. And these Kushiage have a similar crunch. But I think Kushaige sounds cuter so I’m sticking to it. Both terms basically mean just a bunch of stuff battered in panko and deep fried. And I love things deep fried in panko. It gives a totally lovely crunch that’s very different from regular flour based deep fried stuff. Panko’s great!
Also, Kushiage isn’t really a specialty in Kyoto. It is a specialty in Osaka, though, and our friends that travel to Osaka say that it’s pretty much all they eat when they’re there. So, going to Kyoto for a Kushiage place isn’t the best representation of the food, but I don’t think that matters to us at the moment. We still really liked it for our first time having it, and we’ll gladly eat it again whenever the opportunity presents itself. Like tomorrow, when we go to Nagoya for a day. Supposedly Nagoya has its own kind of Kushiage. That’s what wikipedia says, at least. Gotta give that a shot.
Lastly, I’m not sure if we’re going to do another Kyoto video. We have some more footage of another place, but we haven’t looked at the footage yet and it might suck. If it doesn’t, we’ll make a video of it. The reason I’m saying that is because we have a lot of pictures from our Kyoto trip that I want to share as well. If we don’t make a video of our last Kyoto restaurant then I’m not sure when we’ll be able to post them. Hmm. I’ll think of that later. For now, here are some extra scenes, if you’re down for it :D