Kyoto's Exquisite Pickles

Imperial quality pickles at Nishiri in Nihonbashi

By Sherilyn Siy   Mar 14, 2018 - 1 min read

'Exquisite' is not an adjective you would normally use for pickles -- those often too tart, or salty tasting side dishes. But at Nishiri, there's a pickle so good you'd understand why they were a staple at the Kyoto Imperial Palace 150 years ago. Called Senmai-zuke, or "pickle of a thousand slices," it is made from Shogoin turnips (of the Shogoin district in the Sakyo Ward of Kyoto) which are sliced so finely before being marinated, resulting in a delicate pickle with refined sweetness. It is, without a doubt, the finest pickle I've ever had. Nishiri also sells a most unusual pickle -- pickled apples -- which has a surprisingly refreshing taste, perfect for topping on ice cream or yoghurt. Adding pickles to your meal boosts the health profile of your breakfast, lunch or dinner. They really shouldn't be relegated to the side as they are high in fiber, vitamins, and good bacteria, and pretty low on calories. Nishiri has an in-store dining space where you can enjoy pickle sets with rice.

Getting there

Easy access from Exit A7 of Mitsukoshimae Station of the Ginza Line or Hanzomon Line. Head towards COREDO.

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Sherilyn Siy

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For Sherilyn Siy, Asia is home. Born in Hong Kong, Sherilyn spent time in the Philippines, China, and now lives in Japan. She speaks English, Filipino, Chinese (or putonghua), and Hokkien, her family's local dialect. Running is one of her favorite ways to explore Japan. She proudly finished the 2015 Tokyo Marathon -- her first ever full marathon -- in 4 hours and 37 minutes. She was absolutely psyched when she got selected again to run the new Tokyo Marathon route in 2018. She hopes to complete other races in Japan.