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2019-01-24 13:38 / Posted by to Gourmet

Osaka is the largest city in West Japan. Here there are lots of dishes that few Japanese people living outside of Osaka know exist. So, I’d like to introduce to you the cheap but delicious foods that the people of Osaka love.

These are takoyaki, okonomiyaki, fugu, kushikatsu, yakiniku. You can find these five foods well represented all over the city, but Umeda, Dotonbori, and Shinsekai are the biggest gourmet areas with the most famous restaurants.

1. Takoyaki

Takoyaki are made in a special pan with hollows for each dumpling. Most people in Osaka have one of these at home that they bring out for takoyaki parties. At these evenst you can alternate the ingredients: replacing octopus with shrimp, cheese, tomato, and even chocolate. You can see street side stalls selling takoyaki pretty much everywhere in Osaka. In Dotonbori one of the more famous takoyaki stores is the Dotonbori Konamon Museum(Address: 日本〒542-0071 Osaka Prefecture, 大阪市中央区道頓堀1丁目612), which is easily recognized by the giant red Octopus on its shop front.

2. Okonomiyaki

Okonomiyaki is a savory pancake made from eggs, flour, grated yam and shredded cabbage. Into these basic ingredients you can add whatever you like: pork, squid, shrimp, cheese, tomato… the list goes on. In fact “okonomiyaki” basically means “grilled stuff you like”. Over the top is a dressing of brown sauce, mayonnaise, powdered nori seaweed, and dried bonito flakes. you can find okonomiyaki restaurants everywhere, but one of the most famous restaurants is Mizuno in Dotonbori (Address:日本〒542-0071 Ōsaka-fu, Ōsaka-shi, Chūō-ku, Dōtonbori, 1 Chome−4, 大阪市中央区道頓堀1丁目415).

3. Negiyaki

You make Negiyaki by frying a thin batter of flour and water, with lots of green onions or Negi on top. It’s like an Okonomiyaki, but without the cabbage or pork is. And instead of using sauce, you eat it with soy sauce so it has a light flavor and it’s healthy. People living in Osaka and the Kansai region love food made out of flour, and many of them eat both the Negiyaki and the Okonomiyaki.

One of the Osaka's most famous Negiyaki restaurants is the "YAMAMOTO".

Address: 1-8-4 Juso-Honmachi, Yodogawa-ku, Osaka

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