There are several foodstuff instantly arise an image of Kyoto.
Chirimen sansho is one of them.
Chirimen (pronounce it âChilli Menâ) is boiled and dried tiny baby sardines, properly called âChirimen Jakoâ.
Sansho is the Japanese spice more well known as Shicuan pepper in Chinese.
Its greenish flowery titillation in the mouth takes my fancy spot! So I enjoy using this spice for all sorts of dishes.
So, Chirimen sansho, as the name tells you, is a small dish of chirimen jako cooked with sansho pepper in a soy sauce based stock.
Normally you eat this with a bowl of rice, sprinkling on top and scoop a nice mouthful rice then bring it to your mouth!
This dish used to be a home cooking food and not to buy from a shop but these days, you can see it everywhere in Kyoto, on a coner of the slope towards to Shimizu temple or in the main arcade of Shijo street.
Every chirimen sansho shops have their own recipes and food lovers also have their own favourite house.
For me, Yayoi is the one.
You may not realise the flavour as itâs so so slight!
But as you try it times to times, you can start recognising their adore which is put in such a small fish.
It is an ephemeral flavour you remember long.
Kiyoimachi 481, Shimokawara, Gion, Higashiyamaku, Kyoto (In front of Yasaka Shrine South gate)
-------There is also a shop in Isetan Department store at JR Kyoto Station.