Osaka Food

Posted December 29th, 2008 in Eat out in Japan 6 Comments »

In Japan every area has its speciality food, but I believe that Osaka food is very unique.  The famous ones are Okonomiyaki and Takoyaki.  In Osaka you can find takoyaki / okonomiyaki shop everywhere!

They use this special grill plate for takoyaki; pour mixture into the grill, and make them into ball shape.  You will need a skill to do it!  In Perth you can only get deep-fried takoyaki from Japanese restaurants (they just deep-fry frozen pre-made takoyaki) but originally takoyaki is supposed to be “grilled”.

Takoyaki means octopus balls, but nowadays you can get many flavors (not just octopus); cheese, mochi (rice cake), corn, meat, fish etc…  So fun! 🙂

If you go to okonomiyaki restaurants you will grill okonomiyaki by yourself.  Waitress brings the mixture to your table, and you grill the mixture on the grill plate (which is attached on your table).  All the condiments (sauces, bonito flakes, nori powder, beni shoga, mayonnaise etc) are prepared at each table, and once okonomiyaki is cooked you eat them straight from the grill plate.  Yes it’s hot, but very nice (>v<)!

6 Comments on “Osaka Food”

  1. 1 Tokyo Five said at 1:52 pm on December 29th, 2008:

    I love たこ焼き and お好み焼き!★
    Do you like Tokyo’s もんじゃ焼?

  2. 2 umepontarou said at 5:02 pm on December 29th, 2008:

    Yes I love monja-yaki too!! Taste kinda similar to okonomiyaki 🙂
    It’s easy for me to get okonomiyaki and takoyaki here. I don’t get to see a shop selling monjayaki in Kansai area so often..

    In tokyo, is there lots of monjayaki shop?? I guess okonomiyaki/takoyaki are more popular food??

  3. 3 Tokyo Five said at 5:34 pm on December 30th, 2008:

    In Tokyo, every shop that sells Okonomiyaki also sells Monjya. As you said, they’re similar…so, at least in Tokyo, their both at the same restaurants.

  4. 4 umepontarou said at 6:21 pm on December 30th, 2008:

    I see …:)
    It’s different here, the restaurants which sell okonomiyaki don’t usually sell monjayaki. Some do, but not all of them.
    I’ve actually had monjayaki only once; I wanna eat again sometime 🙂

  5. 5 Tokyo Five said at 11:43 pm on December 30th, 2008:

    You should come to Tokyo and have real 関東 Monjya-yaki…I wanna go to Osaka and have real 関西 Okonomiyaki and Takoyaki.

    My favorite たこ焼き place is Gin-dako, BTW. Do they have Gin-dako in Osaka or Shiga?

  6. 6 umepontarou said at 1:58 pm on December 31st, 2008:

    I saw Gin-dako in Shiga before, so it must be in Osaka and Kyoto too! but during this trip I didn’t get to see Gin-dako… maybe no Gin-dako in Kansai area anymore?? don’t know…

    Yeah I wanna eat real monjayaki in Tokyo! Next time I come back to Japan I’ll go to Tokyo 🙂
    If you come to Osaka, you should eat Takoyaki/okonomiyaki in Sankaku Kouen (Triangle Park) or in Shinsaibashi. Famous places for Osaka food 🙂

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