I was finally able to try Shojin Ryori, the Zen Buddhist Japanese cuisine!! We visited Shigetsu inside of the Tenryu-ji Temple here in Kyoto. Shojin Ryori is traditionally a vegan cuisine that avoids pungent flavors like onions and garlic as well. These photos show the different dishes that follow the rule of five colors five colors (green, yellow, red, black, and white) and five flavors (sweet, sour, salty, bitter, and umami).
Some bits and pieces on the first photo: Japanese sweet potato with mochi (top left), savory tofu (top right), cold potato soup (bottom right), tofu soup (middle).
The second photo is the second part of the meal: miso glazed eggplant 🤤. The eggplant was slow cooked, so once you mixed in the miso it was like eating an umami flavored pudding.
The third photo is the ending: fresh melon as the sweet part to end your meal.
I am more than grateful to have been able to experience this cuisine that is already traditionally vegan, and I can’t wait to show more of the food I eat on this trip 😋.
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