This time round I don’t really have a plan on what to eat in advance but to just go with the flow since I’m pretty unfamiliar with the place! All my food ranges from restaurants to food streets to takeouts.
First up, Restaurant!
This is the only place that I planned in advance. Reason being that I’m not doing a day tour to Kobe, so I decided to look for Kobe beef in Osaka.
Why Kobe beef? Everyone who had tried before kept telling me to go for it. Expensive but worth the price and it’s not something you can find easily.
Took the sirloin steak which already costed… ¥10,800 per person. By the way, rice is not included. Yup the price tag is… nvm, I’m only going to try it once.
This was done Teppenyaki style and I must admit, it tasted really good! It was a good experience after all. This store is just along Dotonburi street. Apparently they have a whole building to themselves with the 1st and 2nd floor catered for Teppenyaki and the rest for Shabu Shabu and Sukiyaki if I’m not wrong.
神戸牛和ノ宮 道頓堀本店 (1-5-2, Dotonbori, Chuo-ku, Osaka-shi, Osaka, 542-0071)
Will I eat this again? Eh… nope! Once in a lifetime and I can eat more food with the price paid.
By far, this was one of the best place! Blown me away with something as simple as Grilled Eel rice. This was recommended by a blogger (can’t remember which one) and she was right about this being popular. I was there before 11am but they put a sign saying that operating will only start from 11.30am. By 11.15am, a small crowd were already waiting outside… in the cold. Exactly at 11.30am, they finally opened the door and we had to write our name on a list before they usher us into our seats by order. Lockers were provided for our shoes.
English menu is available and ordering was a breeze.
When our food came, the staff kindly introduce to us on how to enjoy the dish.
This was a set with different ways of enjoying the unagi rice. But i only remember this two.
1. With wasabi
2. With the dashi soup
And I love it when the rice is mixed with the dashi soup with a hint of wasabi and some pickles!
Noticed the yellow roll? It’s tamago with unagi rolled in it. おいしい！
This was what I ordered for myself. The simplest set that have many different price tagged to it (obviously I got the least expensive since I know even the cheapest set also taste as awesome!) And seriously, I love it! I’m not a rice person but I’m proud to say that I finished the whole thing!
江戸川 ならまち店, Edogawa (43, Shimomikadocho, Nara-shi, Nara, 630-8365)
Will i eat this again? YES!
Three broomsticks @ Universal studio Japan
There’s not much choice especially when you are stuck in USJ with no chance of re-entry. But! This was worth the price and calories.
Sunday roast aka beef! Super good! And the roasted chicken wasn’t dry at all. But the best was the corn. *Drool*
I know people talked about smuggling food in because the food inside USJ is expensive but since you are already there, I don’t see why you shouldn’t enjoy to the fullest? It’s not everyday we go to USJ.
Snacks @ Universal Studio Japan
This was the highly raved “Dino leg” which is essentially just turkey leg. I never liked turkey for all I know that it’s dry. But, it’s actually quite juicy! Nearly everyone was holding on to one. But, i feel that sharing was a better decision as it was quite filling. A must try!
Must have! Butterbeer! (Yes I know it’s soda and yes I know it’s full of sugar.) You can’t say you were here without this! Taste super sweet but I love the foam part!
If I have a chance to go back to USJ, these will definitely be somethings that I will look forward to having again!
Minion Cookie! Don’t this look adorable? So adorable that I was hesitant to bite into it. There are a few choices and I picked the one with cream and fruits. (I was actually looking for the one without banana but tiramisu doesn’t sound very appealing.) Not too sweet and it’s balanced well with the cream and fruits! The only thing was that the taste of flour was quite obvious but the fillings overcome the short coming.
2 Chome-3-2 Nipponbashi, Chuo, Osaka, Osaka Prefecture 542-0073, Japan
Do note that the only opens from 9am to 6pm daily.
Oh my god! I cannot forget the taste of these fresh Sashimi! I never liked tuna nor uni aka sea urchin in Singapore but I decided to give it a try after my friends constantly tell me it’s different in Japan! And I love it! The uni is so creamy and sweet without the weird leathery taste (which I felt when i try in SG) and the otoro is to die for! Fatty tuna that fills me up quickly after having 2! *Slurp* Most worthy amount I paid for Sashimi. Gosh, I’m so going to judge when I eat sashimi in SG. 😂
Will i have this again? No doubt yes! Loved it so much I had it a second time the day before I left Osaka!
Scallops just across the sashimi shop! At ¥ 500 per piece, this is a bomb. Sweet and tasty!
Will I have this again? Yes!
Wagyu Beef skewer! Can’t recall the price but beef in Japan taste good regardless of what grade it is!
One of the creamiest and sweetest roasted sweet potato found hidden in Kuromon Market! We happened to buy from elsewhere and we ended up missing this!
This is something very common but I just wants to have it since I’m in the land where this came from. Strawberry chocolate mochi! Not too sweet and blends perfectly!
This is the most expensive yet innocent looking drink ever. (Please ignore the bad angle of the photo) White strawberry juice at ¥1000. Equivalent to est SGD$12. I was shock when I realized only at the end of the day. The only way I can tell myself is that it taste really yummy and you would have it again. 😂
This is egg tofu that taste like chawamushi. Didn’t expect it to be so smooth and good that I went back to buy another 2 more for supper. (If I could I would buy more and even bring it home!)
Namba walk is this large underground shopping area that connects all the train stations in Namba.
There’s so much food here! One of my favorite is Gozen!
This shop sells a lot of the side dishes or dishes that can be put together into a Bento!
A sample of what we got. Out of the 9 days, we had this for 6 days. It’s so convenient! My favorite is the konnyaku and the burdock! They calculate by weight so how much you take equals how much you pay! I saw a lot of people buying this everyday especially office workers.
Next, we just popped by a shop that was opened before 11am on the day that I was heading to Kyoto for the maiko makeover since I wasn’t sure what was available when I reach Gion.
If I’m not wrong, this shop should be SARASHINA-HIROTAYA.
There’s no English menu so I ended up taking photo of what I want from their display and show to the staff.
Ordered this for myself. The soba taste good! And it is enough to fill my stomach unlike what you get in Singapore.
My mom ordered this as she misses the Unagi rice from Nara. As I said, it taste equally good regardless of where you have it as long as you are in Japan!
Will I have this again? Yes!
Lastly, this was a takeout from 2 shops on the second last day!
Big prawn tempura and fried toriniku from a tempura shop! I find that shops usually uses Butaniku which is pork rather than chicken. So I was glad to find fried chicken here! It looks dark but… it’s really good!
And Takoyaki with a heap of mochi cheese mentaiko sauce. I was reluctant to eat takoyaki and okonomiyaki which are Osaka specialities because I don’t like to eat food with too much flour. But, I feel that I should at least give 1 of it a go and luckily I did. Super yummy because of the sauce but I can’t finish it as it’s really too much.
So, I would suggest trying it even if you do not like flour based food like me. You can always try it with special sauce. Totally worth the calories.
Nishiki Market 錦市場 @ Kyoto
Japan, 〒604-8054 Kyoto Prefecture, Kyoto, Nakagyo Ward, 富小路通四条上る西大文字町609番地
Visited this place after my maiko makeover. It’s within walking distance from the Gion-shijo station that I arrived in Kyoto. I was super hungry by then so we popped by this shop along the street for a hot udon and some fried skewers.
The udon comes with the Kyoto specialty: Yuba! The soup is quite thick but still tasty.
As the famous shop in Osaka is always full with long queue, so I give up and try this at any shop that sells this. Yum but to be honest, it’s the sauce that makes it taste good. And I don’t have to worry about sharing the sauce with anyone. 😁
Will I have this again? Maybe.
Squid, crab meat and beef tendon (I think) on stick. Just a small random shop along the street and it taste as good as it smells from far!
6 Chome-4 Tenjinbashi, Kita-ku, Ōsaka-shi, Ōsaka-fu 532-0011, Japan
This is just beside the Osaka museum of Housing and Living. And I found a rare gem at an unexpected place.
These 小笼包 puts Din Tai Fong to shame. Really! The black one is beef while the other one is shrimp. Biting into it rewards you with the sweet juice that comes with it! Just talking about it makes me hungry. I can never look at 小笼包 in the same way anymore. Nom…
Will I go back there just for this? はい！
Dotonburi (Walking distance from Namba station)
Dotonbori, Chuo, Osaka, Osaka Prefecture 542-0071, Japan
Food paradise! Literally!
Interesting concept of buying tickets with vending machine before passing the the staff for them to cook. Not really a big fan of ramen cause the soup bases are always too rich and salty. Same for this but I love the texture of the ramen noodles!
Will I have this again? Not really. Too salty and rich for my liking. If only they have lighter broth.
Yakisoba and fried skewers! Eating in the cold but the food is good! Only complaint was that the noodle is too soft for my liking and they have no hot drinks!
Kobe steak that is sold outside the restaurant (Wanomiya) at a much much MUCH more affordable price. It taste equally good!
BBQ Kani! This was actually i introduced on a youtube video I saw (Battle trip) and it’s really good! Though a little unglam to eat this by the sidewalk but the meat is really sweet. Find the place with the big crab on it’s signboard for it!
Sukiyaki at Tempozan Naniwa Kushinbo Yokocho! Best food for the cold! More than enough for 1 but if you need, you can choose to add extra udon or rice. Wanted to give the “eat all you can” sukiyaki/shabu shabu a try but I just couldn’t find a time where I’m hungry enough for it as I would had constantly filled myself up with all the street food!
Ramune flavor soft serve that is available only at Kaiyukan! I of the only ice cream I had in Japan and this is quite cool! Ramune is a soft drink that is from Japan that taste like ice cream soda so this soft serve is quite a rare find for me.
I was just whining about why Mcdonalds in Singapore doesn’t carry these items especially rhe chocolate pie. Immediately few days after I posted this on my facebook, a news came out that they are launching the chocolate pie in SG. So coincidental. The other item is shaka shaka chicken which is a piece of chicken with the either cheese powder or pepper powder, just like shaker fries. Now can I wish for this to be available as well?
One of Nara’s specialties as well, mackerel sushi wrapped in persimmon leave. The leave gives this sushi a light fragrance which appeals to me cause I’m no fan of many types of fish. Mackerel is a little fishy for me. But! Worth a try if you are in Japan!
Yutofu, konnyaku and octopus eaten along the street in Kyoto! Yutofu is one of the food that I want to try in Kyoto. However, due to the tight schedule of the 1 day bus tour, we were unable to drop by a restaurant and have to make do with this found in a small street shop outside Arashiyama. The tofu is smooth and do not have the usual strong taste!
Soymilk donut! 1 of the must try in Kyoto as well! Taste slightly sweet and not too oily!
Not sure what this pancake is called but it’s quite common around the place. Texture is similar to mochi and filled with red bean paste. Quite sweet though.
Yuba crepe. I only saw this in Kyoto on the way up to Fushimi Inari shrine. It is said to be made with yuba and chinese yam (huai shan) though I’m not too sure about it. But, it is very tasty!
Kansai International Airport
On the night I arrived, I was… hungry.
And there wasn’t really much food joints that are opened or wasn’t packed with people. Ended up with sushi and salad from Lawson and snacks from Burger King. I don’t patronize BK in SG but hey! They have cheese sticks in Japan!
For breakfast, we had udon at one of the small shop in the domestic departure floor. I ordered a raw egg udon and it’s good though a little bland. No weird smell or whatsoever. The oden is good! The daikon and konnyaku are my top favorites!
So course, I’m not going to end my trip without having food from the airport.
Ganko Sushi. Tasted very normal and below average. But still I don’t really have much choices once inside the gate and I really wanted sushi before I leave.
Convenience stores such as Lawson, Family Mart and 7 eleven are the best. They carry many ready-to-eat food which I envy a lot. (I wish 7 eleven in Singapore have it too, but all they have are microwavable food that just looks… you can see for yourself) One of the interesting food I found is this tofu with some extra ingredients for you to mix in with. Simple, light and low in calories.
I managed to get my hands on the seasonal sakura latte from 7 eleven. Don’t miss this if you are there during the cherry blossom season!
Didn’t expect the food post to be so long! Or should I say, didn’t expect that I ate so much food! Shall end it here while I continue with other posts! 🙂
Hungry from all the food pictures…