5 Street Foods You Must Try in Osaka
Osaka is the largest city of the west Japan. It has been said that street foods of Osaka are appetizing in economical fares and Osaka people spend on food more than anything else. There’s a term “kuidaore” (“eat until you bankrupt”) to describe the appetizing of Osaka street foods and the food culture of Osaka.
Takoyaki which means ‘grilled octopus’ is a flour and egg based batter cooked with a filling of octopus slices, using a special pan which molds the ingredients into small balls. Takoyaki is served with Takoyaki sauce and other toppings such as mayonnaise, green laver (aonori) and dried bonito (katsuobushi).
Okonomiyaki is basically like pancake or pizza. Shredded cabbage and a whole range of other ingredients such as squid, prawn, octopus or meat are mixed into a flour based batter and cooked before eaten with okonomiyaki sauce, mayonnaise, green laver (aonori) and dried bonito (katsuobushi) are added.
Kushikatsu is deep fried meat and vegetables. To make Kushikatsu, cooker dips meat and vegetable in the flour based batter and deep fries them on skewers.
Kitsune Udon is a simple dish of udon serving with hot soup and deep fried tofu. In Japan, people believe that the fox or Kitsune in Japanese likes to eat fried tofu, so the dish is named kitsune.
Teppanyaki means ‘grilling on a metal plate,’ referring to the style of cooking meal on the iron griddle. At teppanyaki restaurants, the chef prepare the food and serves it immediately to the customers who seat at the counter.