On a recent trip to Kyoto, my friend J, who lives there, gives me a care package of breakfast fixings - bread, cold cuts, kiwi fruit, figs and a carton of organic soya bean milk.
I relish everything, but that soya bean milk is what I remember most vividly.
Amazingly, while shopping at J-Mart, a chain of Japanese grocery shops, I find the very same brand.
Sujata Tonyu Organic Soy Bean Milk is such a good change from the thin, watery versions we get in supermarkets here. I'd have to make my own to get a better one.
It comes unsweetened, always a plus for me, and the soya bean milk is thick enough that you can make yuba with it.
Just boil the milk and, using a pair of chopsticks, gently fish out the thin skin that forms on the surface. Dab with shoyu and wasabi before eating. Repeat until all the milk is used up.
Or use the milk to make a dairy-free pudding using gelatin to set it.
I prefer to just drink it as it is and enjoy the unadulterated flavour of soya.
Sujata Tonyu Organic Soy Bean Milk, $6.50 for a 900ml carton, from J-Mart, B1-28 The Star Vista, 1 Vista Exchange Green, tel: 6694-3228, open: 10am to 10pm daily
This article was first published on January 18, 2015.
Get a copy of The Straits Times or go to straitstimes.com for more stories.