Kyoto, Japan


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AOI is a great place to grab a quick bite to eat. It is located near the JR Kyoto line, which makes it ideal for passengers arriving from (or departing to) Tokyo. One of the more interesting menu items for vegans is the namafu, which is basically a traditional Japanese variety of seitan. It has a slightly chewy texture and comes in a delicious sake-flavored sauce. I purchased two orders of namafu (the portion sizes are very small by American standards) along with a bowl of rice and it made a tasty and inexpensive lunch.

Because there is no English signage (everything is written in kanji), AOI can be a bit difficult to find. I would recommend looking at the photos on the website before attempting to find this place.

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