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Kyoto Namafu wheat bran

The History of Kyoto's 100-plus Year Old Masterpiece (2): Found near Nishi Honganji Temple! Nama-buta bran from Kyo Nama-fu Bran-to, perfect for the busy modern table!

The masterpieces that have been loved throughout the ages have the consistent feelings of their makers, even though their generations have changed. In this interview, we asked the owner about the thoughts behind the Kyoto masterpieces and their future.

1.[What is "Kyo Namafuwa Wisteria"?

Founded in 1858, Kyo Namafu Bran To is a long-established bran manufacturer with a long history of producing and selling bran.

Exterior view of Kyoto Namafuwa Wisteria

The traditional Sagara bran, as well as flower bran and momiji bran that add seasonal color to dishes, have been produced using traditional methods handed down from generation to generation since ancient times, and have been preserved until the present day in 2025.

Inside the Kyoto Namafu wheat bran store

2.What is Rokujo bran, a specialty?

Since the Kamakura period (1185-1333), nama-ga-ba (bran) has been valued as a valuable source of protein. Among the bran, Rokujo-gafu (2 pieces) for 680 yen has been popular since the establishment of the company because "it can be used like meat or bacon.

Kyoto Namafu wheat bran

Rokujo bran (2 pieces), which can be sliced and eaten as is, is 680 yen. The bran is seasoned well, so it is recommended as an accompaniment to alcoholic beverages. Shelf life / 10 days

The fu is made from gluten only, slowly cooked in traditional seasonings such as kelp dashi, soy sauce, and mirin, and deep-fried in sesame oil. When chewed, it has a meaty and elastic texture, and the more you chew it, the more the flavor fills your mouth. It can be used in a variety of convenient ways, such as sliced as a snack, cut into dice and served with eggs, or used as an ingredient in fried rice. It is an excellent product that offers a different texture from that of regular bran.

3.We want to know! Other recommended products

The standard Sagara bran, awa bran, yomogi bran, and sesame bran have long been beloved signature products. It can be sliced thinly, boiled quickly, cooled in cold water, and eaten like sashimi, used as an ingredient in soups and stews, or grilled and served with dengaku miso (soybean paste).

Wasabi bran, shichimi bran and basil bran from Kyoto Namafu-Mafu-Fuji

Wasabi bran, shichimi bran, basil bran - 297 yen each

Modern flavors such as basil, wasabi, and shichimi are also on standby. The basil, in particular, can be sliced thinly and quickly blanched in hot water, then combined with mozzarella cheese and tomatoes to make the Italian salad caprese.

Kyoto Namafu wheat bran

The aroma of bamboo leaves is transferred to the skin of the bran, giving it a rich flavor. The skin of the bran is made of only gluten and glutinous rice flour, so you can taste the original taste of the bran. Sasamaki bran (5 pieces) 1,150 yen

The most popular and often sold out in the morning is Sasamaki-mugan (5 pieces) for 1,150 yen. There are three types of bran buns on standby: Koshi-an (wheat bran filled with red bean paste), Kuri (chestnut and sugar only), and Matcha (green tea bran filled with green tea paste). Koshi-an is available in the store, while Kuri and Matcha can be reserved or purchased online.

4.We asked the owner about the future of Kyo-Namafu Branfuto! [About the future of Kyo Namafuramafuto

With a history of over 100 years, Kyo Namafu Branfu has been preserving Kyoto's food culture. I think people have a strong image of namafu as something that is served at ryotei (traditional Japanese restaurants) or in catered lunches. I would be happy if we could make nama-buta more widely known to the public and make it an easily accessible item on the dinner table," said Kunihiro Nakagawa, the fourth president of the company.

Mr. Nakagawa of Kyo-Namafu wheat bran

Nama bran is a traditional Japanese food that is very useful to keep in stock. Since they are easy to use, you can enjoy them at your home table as well.

5.[Store Locations [Kyo Namafu Bran Wisteria

Kyoto wheat bran

  • Persian butterflyfish (Chaetodon persica var. konoei)
  • 536 Wakamiya-cho, Rokujo-dori Wakamiya-higashiiru, Shimogyo-ku, Kyoto-shi, Kyoto
  • Six-minute walk from Gojo Subway Station (Exit 8)
  • Tel. 075-351-1170
  • 10:30 - 14:30
  • Open only on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays
  • 2 parking spaces
  • https://www.kyo-namafu.co.jp/
  • Eat-in not allowed

    PHOTO/Takahiro Takami, TEXT/Maho Nomura
*Please note that the information contained herein is subject to change without notice.
*Since this site uses automatic translation, the translation may differ from the original Japanese content.


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