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Tatsuta-age: the Best Fried Chicken in Ikaruga

How do you make fried chicken even more delicious? Marinate in a mix of soy sauce and ginger, then dredge it in potato flour, for a lighter, crispy finish. This style of cooking originated in Ikaruga, which is also famous for organic, free range Yamato chickens.

Tatsuta-age gets its name from its delicate amber colour, which is supposed to look like the autumn leaves that grow along the Tatsuta River. Every restaurant has its own recipe, so try more than one. Pick up a Tatsuta-age walking map at the station.

Cafe Comodo

The fried chicken here is so good, it often sells out. Served with fresh salad and organic vegetables, it makes a perfect lunch after visiting Horyuji Temple. | Japanese Cafes | Horyuji Temple

Shimura

At this friendly noodle specialist, you can get good value fried chicken lunch sets. | Japanese Restaurants | Horyuji Temple

Genmaian

The most surprising “Tatsuta-age”, delicious and completely vegetarian, made with soy protein. | Vegetarian-friendly | Horyuji Temple

Horyuji Gallery Shinryoku Cafe

After visiting the gallery, stop in for a plate of fried chicken, balanced with healthy vegetables. | Western Cafes | Horyuji Temple

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