Street food guide to Dotonbori Osaka Japan
Osaka people are great food lovers and are said to spend more on food than anything else … probably why the term “kuidaore” (“eat until you drop”) is sometimes used to describe the food culture here. And the best place to experience Osaka’s food culture is one of the main tourist destinations in Osaka, the Dotonbori district near Namba Station. A popular nightlife and entertainment area, it is packed with all types of eateries along its main thoroughfare and many side streets.
John Daub always does an excellent job with introducing elements of the Japan lifestyle in his Waoryu ONLYinJapan video series. In the above video John provides a video tour of the Dotonbori section of Osaka and its unique street food options. Covering the streets of Dotonbori, he samples local favorites such as:
- Osaka flavor gyoza
Who would have thought crab was big in Osaka, but one of the popular restaurants, Kani Doraku, serves them char-grilled right at the front of the street. They also have kani miso or “crab brains” served in a half shell. You can’t miss the restaurant … its the one with the big crab out front !
Called “octopus balls” by many English speakers, takoyaki literally means “grilled octopus.” This popular street snack is made of flour and egg based batter that is cooked with a filling of octopus slices, pickled ginger and green onion, using a special takoyaki pan which molds the ingredients into small balls. They normally come topped with a tangy thick soy sauce, Japanese mayonnaise, and dried bonito fish and seaweed.
Another Osaka specialty is kushikatsu. It is skewered meats (chicken, pork, and/or seafood) and vegetables dipped in egg, flour, panko batter and then deep fried to a golden brown in vegetable oil. You take each skewer and then dip it in tonkatsu or other sauce.
Map guide to Dotonbori in Namba district
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