Hi,I’m Keiko from Osaka!
Osaka is famous for it’s food culture.
This is the place for food lovers where you can find almost every Japanese food specialties.
The foods are not only delicious but also very reasonable.
Osaka is also known as kuidaore city which means”eat until you drop”in Japanese.
You don’t have to eat until you drop, but why don’t you eat delicious foods as much as you want?
This time I’ll be introducing a ranking list of 10 Must-Eat foods in Osaka!
Top 10 Must-Eat Foods ranking in Osaka!Enjoy Local Specialties!
10.Sushi/寿司Sushi is probably the first food that comes to your mind when you think about Japanese food.
Sushi is usually thought of as an expensive food, but there are a lot of casual sushi restaurants which offer best sushi at a reasonable price in Osaka.
The famous casual sushi restaurants in Osaka are”Yakko Sushi”,”Nawa Sushi” and “Kame Sushi”.
These sushi restaurants provide delicious sushi at a reasonable price.
Top 5 best Sushi restaurants in Osaka!
9. Doteyaki/どて焼きDoteyaki is a beef sinew stewed in miso and mirin(Japanese sweet sake) ,and it’s originated in Osaka.
The well-stewed beef sinew for a long time is soft and tasty.
There are many famous doteyaki restaurants especially around Shinsekai area.
Locals enjoy doteyaki as a side dish together with Kushikatsu and Japanese sake.It goes well with Japanese Sake very well.
Tengu,Kushikatsu Daruma,Yaekatsu are recommended restaurants that serve doteyaki only from 100 yen.
8.yakiniku/焼肉Needless today, Yakiniku is grilled meat dish.You can enjoy it with a soy-bean sauce based sauce or salt.
There are many good yakiniku restaurants in the area called Tsuruhashi in Osaka.
Locals enjoy yakiniku with beer from lunch hours.
As soon as you arrive at Tsuruhashi station,the aroma of yakiniku is everywhere.
The yakiniku are not only tasty and affordable, but the restaurants offer many unique cuts of meat such Misuji(oyster blade) or zabuton (a flat Japanese cushion).
There are also reasonable all-you-can-eat yakiniku restaurants so you can enjoy delicious yakiniku as much as you want!
Top 5 best yakiniku restaurants in Osaka!
7.Crabs/蟹Ranking 7th is crabs.
Kani Douraku is one of the representative of crab restaurants in Osaka.
They offers a wide variety of crab dishes such as shabu shabu,sashimi and kani nabe(Crab hotpot).
The crabs are very sweet and juicy, it taste great on its own taste without any kind of dip or sauce.
If you’re a crab lover,you should definitely try crab restaurants in Osaka!
Top 5 best crab restaurants in Osaka!
6. Fugu(Tessa)/ふぐ(てっさ)One of Osaka speciality in Winter is fugu.Fugu is called “tessa” in Osaka dialect.
It is estimated that 70% of all the fugu eaten in Japan is consumed in Osaka. People in Osaka really love Fugu so much:)
Zuboraya is one of the most famous fugu restaurants which was established in 1920.
They offer a variety of fugu dishes such as sashimi,tempura or fugu udon.
If you would like to try various kinds of fugu dishes, Zuboraya is the must-go restaurant.
You can easily find Zuboraya restaurant in Namba because there is a gigantic fugu lantern outside the restaurant.
Top 5 best Fugu restaurants in Osaka!
5. Butaman/豚まんThe Ranking 5th is Butaman.(a steamed pork bun)
The most famous Butaman shop in Osaka is 551 Hourai.
A fluffy bun encasing minced pork and vegetable filling which are very juicy and flavorful.
There is another popular Butaman shop called “Futami”,Some locals say Futami’s butaman is better than Horai’s.
Futami’s butaman is sweeter than Horai’s because of flavor of cooked onion.I like both:)
Futami’s Butaman is located only in Namba, so why don’t you compare these two Butamans if you come to Namba?
4.Udon/うどんUdon are one of the Japanese soul foods and they have long been loved by people in Osaka too.
Udon are the Japanese noodles made from wheat flour.They are smooth and chewy, and can be enjoyed in various ways.
Dotonbori Imai Honten is one of the most famous Udon restaurant in Osaka.
The popular dish here is the udon dish called “Kitsune Udon”.
The sweetened fried tofu is very fluffy and juicy,and udon is nicely chewy and light-colored broth is so tasty.
You should definitely try Japanese soul food in Osaka!
Top 5 best Udon restaurants in Osaka!Enjoy Japanese Soul Food!
Now on to the top 3, I will introduce the most famous local foods around Shinsekai area!
3. Kushikatsu/串カツKushikatsu is pieces of various foods like meat vegetables deep-fried on a skewer.
Freshly-fried Kushikatsu is so delicious!.
There are many famous Kushikatsu restaurants especially around Shinsekai area.
Kushikatsu Daruma is one of the most famous Kushikatu restaurants in Osaka.
There is a golden rule to eat Kushikatsu: No double dipping.
Customers share the same sauce pot,so it’s not allowed to dip it twice.
There is no other rule,so Enjoy freshly fried Kushikatsu as much as you want!
Top 5 best kushikatsu restaurants in Osaka!
2.Okonomiyaki/お好み焼きOkonomiyaki is a Japanese-style pancake made from shredded cabbage,egges, flour, water with a variety of toppings such as meat, squid or cheese.
Some Okonomiyaki restaurants cook your okonomiyaki on the iron griddle in front of your eyes.
Freshly cooked Okonomiyaki topped with sweet Okonomiyaki sauce and mayo and Katsuobushi(Dried bonito flakes)taste amazing.
Kiji and Mizuno are the popular Okonomiyaki restaurants in Osaka.
My favorite Okonomiyaki restaurant is “Chigusa”.This is my best okonomiyaki restaurant since childhood.
It is highly recommended to taste one of the best Okonomiyaki while you’re in Osaka.
Top 5 best Okonomiyaki restaurants in Osaka!
1.Takoyaki/たこ焼きRanking 1st is Takoyaki.
Takoyaki is a popular Japanese snack(It’ a kind of meal for people in Osaka) in the shape of little round balls.
It contains pieces of octopus served with Takoyaki sauce and mayo and Katsuobushi.(Dried bonito flakes)
People in Osaka love takoyaki and it is said that we have their own Takoyaki hot plate at home.
That is kind of true, I have one at home too:)
Freshly cooked takoyaki is crispy outside and creamy inside.Just imagine eating takoyaki make my mouth water.
Takoyaki is definitely a must-eat food in Osaka!
Top 5 best Takoyaki restaurants in Osaka!
Top 10 Must-Eat Foods ranking in Osaka
- Takoyaki・・・Osaka’s speciality.A popular Japanese snack in the shape of little round balls.
- Okonomiyaki・・・Japanese-style pancake topped with sweet Okonomiyaki sauce and mayo and Katsuobushi
- Kushikatsu・・・ Kushikatsu is pieces of various foods like meat vegetables deep-fried on a skewer.
- Udon・・・Japanese soul foods made from wheat flour.
- Butaman・・・A steamed pork bun.55i Hourai and Futami’s butaman are the top 2 Butaman shops in Osaka
- Fugu・・・Zuboraya is one of the most famous fugu restaurants in Osaka
- Crabs・・・Kani Douraku is one of the representative of crab restaurants in Osaka
- Yakiniku・・・Yakiniku is grilled meat dish.You can enjoy it with a soy-bean sauce based sauce or salt
- Doteyaki・・・A beef sinew stewed in miso and mirin.You can enjoy it as a side dish together with Kushikatsu
- Sushi・・・Sushi is one of Japan’s representative dish.There are ”Yakko Sushi”,”Nawa Sushi” and “Kame Sushi” are the casual sushi restaurants in Osaka.
I hope you’ll enjoy in Osaka!
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