It was a wet Sunday morning when we visited Fushimi Inari Taisha in Kyoto on day 7 of our Japan trip. We spent less than 2 hours there and didn’t really explore much due to weather condition and gadget problem (2 persons sharing an umbrella is a no-no especially if you’re traveling). We had our lunch nearby the shrine in one of the many shops that serves kitsune udon called Inafuku 稲福.
Kitsune udon is an udon dish accompanied by aburaage 油揚げ (deep-fried tofu). It can be served in large piece(s) or sliced. Why it’s called kitsune is because it’s a favorite food of the foxes (fox is kitsune in Japanese). Now, you must be wondering what has fox got to do with anything? Well, kitsune are regarded as the messengers of the spirit Inari (which was enshrined in Fushimi Inari Taisha). That’s why it’s a must-try when one visit Fushimi Inari Taisha.
Fake food display outside Inafuku 稲福.
Aromatic tea (complimentary) in beautiful tea cups.
Our order arrived in 10 minutes time. No bad. Ordering was okay as they have English menu.
Kitsune udon @ 700 yen. Consist of sliced aburaage (deep-fried tofu pouch) and spring onions. Such simple dish and yet full of flavor. 💗
If udon is not your cup of tea, you can order kitsune soba instead @ 700 yen.
Inari udon @ 900 yen. Consist of aburaage (deep-fried tofu pouch), egg, chicken and fish cake. Although the menu written there as inari udon, I suppose it’s kitsune udon (with large piece of aburaage) and more luxurious sides.
Umaki (rolled eel omelette) @ 900 yen. Extremely flavorful and juicy. Love the dashi used in this dish and also in the kitsune udon.
Yum-yum-yum. Take me back!
Inari sushi @ 130 yen per piece. Inari is made with aburaage too and this is one of my favorite sushi. I only bought a piece (takeout) because my stinginess kicked in. LOL I kept it for dinner as I was too full after lunch.
There are more locals than oversea tourist which is not a bad idea. Inafuku also sell quail btw which you can see them barbecuing the birds at the entrance.
I believe there are other more famous kitsune udon shops nearby but I have no regret eating here. It was just perfect!
2-4 Fukakusa Kaidocho
京都府 京都市伏見区 深草開土町 2-4
Opening time: 9am-5pm, closed on Tuesday
Nearest station: Fushimi-Inari, Inari