Plant Based Eating at a Ryokan in Japan (Traditional Japanese Inn)
By Molly Patrick
Aug 24, 2019,
The next morning, we woke up to the sound of birds all around us. It gets light at around 4:30 am, so we laid in bed and listened to the birds before we took another soak in the Onsen.
After we got up, we put our yukatas back on and went downstairs for breakfast. Dinner is served in your room and breakfast is served downstairs in the dining area.
If you’re used to eating pancakes and fruit for breakfast, this breakfast might come as a surprise. There was tofu skin with soy sauce, lotus root, green onions and lemon.
Organic tomatoes from the garden.
Rice noodles with soy sheets, cucumber, jicama, daikon, lettuce and lemon, served with sesame soy dressing. I absolutely loved this dish.
Nothing like starting your morning with a bowl of onion soup!
THIS was the craziest, most wonderfully unique dish. It was thinly sliced cucumbers in a creamy tofu sauce that had little bits of either tofu or soft nuts.
It was almost like blue cheese dressing and it had a ton of umami. I’m still not sure what it was, but it was definitely plant based and a total delight to eat.
Okay, let’s talk about cold tofu for a moment. I’ve had cold tofu before in Japanese restaurants that were not in Japan. I’ve only had it a couple of times because I don’t care for it. It’s cold tofu that has not been cooked and there is absolutely no taste or interesting texture. I’ve never understood why it’s even on the menu.
But hold that track because I have now had cold tofu the way it was meant to be enjoyed, and I finally get it. This freshly made tofu was heaven in my mouth. It reminded me of fresh mozzarella that melts in your mouth and you MUST keep going back for more. It wasn’t the taste that blew my mind per se (though it was served with fresh green onions, soy sauce and ginger so it was definitely tasty), it was the texture that won over my taste buds and heart.
I have no idea what this was exactly but it was all from the garden and everything was pickled. It was like little flavor bursts with every bite.
Green tea to go with breakfast.
After breakfast, we walked around outside before we packed up and headed to the airport. The lotus flower that was closed the previous day was now proudly open and showing its beauty.
A reminder that even in the muddiest of times beauty always has the ability to emerge.
A lovely house that we passed on our walk to the train.
Waiting for our train.
Headed home after an amazing ryokan experience.
If you ever get a chance to stay in a ryokan with an Onsen, I highly recommend it. It is worth saving up for and experiencing (and I don’t say that about very many things).
Have you ever stayed at a ryokan or heard of it? Talk to us in the comments below, we would love to hear from you!
Wishing you a happy week. May it be filled with blissing out, wherever you are.
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