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5 Food You Have to Try While in Osaka

Osaka Castle

It wouldn’t be wrong to call Osaka the food capital of Japan, and the people take great pride in their local cuisine. There’s a popular saying ‘Osaka no kuidaore’ which literally means people in Osaka have the habit of eating themselves out of house and home. While there are several local specialties in Osaka worth experiencing, we will talk about the 5 food you have to try while in Osaka.

1. Takoyaki

This is the classic Osaka dish made with simple ingredients but scores high in terms of taste. It typically involves a mixture of eggs and flour stuffed with sliced octopus, spring onions, ginger, and tempura crumbs. The dumplings are topped with a sweet sauce and mayonnaise, and sprinkled with nori seaweed and dried bonito flakes. The octopus may be substituted with shrimp, tomato, cheese or chocolate. The dish is prepared in a special pan that has hollow moulds and most homes in Osaka have this special tool for takoyaki parties. While most of the street side stalls in Osaka sell takoyaki, the Dotonbori Konamon Museum is one of the best places to try this delicacy.

2. Kushikatsu

This is another must-try delicacy of Osaka and it mainly comprises of skewered kebabs of seafood, meat, or vegetables that are breaded and deep fried until they achieve a crispy golden finish. They are served with different styles of dipping sauces and flavored salt. Some of the typical ingredients you can expect to find on a kushikatsu menu are pork, beef, shrimp, eggs, sweet potato, pumpkin, onion, asparagus, lotus root, and shiitake mushrooms. Although you can find Kushikatsu in various restaurants around Osaka, it is believed to have originated in the Kushikatsu Daruma restaurant. Today Kushikatsu Daruma has branches in Dotonbori and Shinsekai. Customers …continue reading


Date no Gyutan Honpo: Ikebukuro


Located on the second floor of a Miyagi prefectural antenna shop, this casual cafe-restaurant serves a wide variety of beef tongue dishes, a local specialty. Teishoku-style meals with oxtail soup, grilled tongue, side dishes and rice are priced at well under Y1000 at lunchtime, which conveniently runs until 5pm. Excellent spicy pickled vegetables and leaf-wrapped sweet miso come with the teishoku, and these may well be highlights of a visit to Ikebukuro.

After 5pm the menu expands to a wider variety of dishes – tongue curry, tongue tsukune meatballs, tongue sausage, tongue stew and of course grilled tongue. If you just want a quick meal there are several teishoku options, or alternatively you can enjoy small izakaya-style dishes as you explore the Miyagi sake list.

Budget around Y1000-3000 in the evening, and around Y850 at lunch. Take-away bentos are Y1380. …continue reading


Smooth Miso Ramen in Akasaka: Ittenbari

Miso Ramen in Akasaka - Ittenbari

For miso ramen in Akasaka, Akasaka Ittenbari (赤坂一点張) is really the only choice. With massive portions, choose a base of miso or a blend of miso and soy sauce.

Akasaka Mori (All Toppings): ¥1,000

Miso Ramen Options

You don’t have to order from a vending machine at Ittenbari. They have a handy menu with photos and English. You have a choice of miso, spicy miso, awase (miso and soy sauce), or shio.

Miso is the way to go. The cordial blend of Kyoto and Hokkaido miso stands out best when it’s just miso. “Awase” (soy sauce and miso) is interesting but a little too busy and salty for my taste.


The soup is pork bones, chicken bones, and some fish. It’s light, goes down smooth, and isn’t too thick. All toppings comes with thicker and tougher old-school chashu pork slices.

The portions are massive, so do come hungry. Akasaka Ittenbari is also known for fried rice (chahan) and cripsy gyoza (fried dumplings).

Since the ’70s

This ramen shop boasts a fairly long history. They got their start in the 1970s. It does feel a bit retro inside.


8 Japan Foodie Instagram Accounts To Follow

Best Japan Food Instagram Accounts to Follow

It’s perhaps an unarguable fact (go on, try me…!) that Japanese food is the tastiest and prettiest kind of food there is. Whether it’s adorable Valentine’s Day bento boxes, indulgent vegan desserts or inventive menus featuring edible flowers, Japan is a treasure trove of seriously Instagrammable dishes. These eight must-follow accounts are just a small selection of what’s out there. So go forth and explore, but make sure you pack a snack as you are going to get HUNGRY.

1.The Only Onigiri For Me @nzngram

If you’re just beginning to venture into the delicious landscape of Japanese foodie accounts, this one is a perfect place to start because it looks entirely copyable, even if you don’t live in Japan. All you need is rice and some toppings to go along with the endless inspiration from the many different onigiri (rice ball) face combinations that @nzngram comes up with.

Plus, it’s suitable for everyone, at any occasion. I mean, who doesn’t like a pea-nosed smiling rice ball on their plate? Onigiri master Nin has great ideas for anybody who wishes to elicit a big smile on their loved ones’ faces.

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2. A Family Affair @heavydrinker

Don’t let the name put you off. This account is all family charm and loveliness. Featuring homely photos from a family kitchen, this super-parent pours their heart and soul into every dish. All content is in Japanese but the themes are universal—it’s all about easy-to-prepare but delicious and healthy meals for busy families. If you like what you see here, you should check out @heavydrinker’s new book 冷凍ラクおかず (lit. Frozen Side Dishes) which features simple traditional recipes that can be prepped in advance …continue reading


McDonald’s Japan’s Newest Dessert is Literally Called an Adult Cream Pie

Source: Gaijin Pot

McDonald’s Japan is raising eyebrows again with its newest dessert called the Otona no Kuriimu Pai (adult cream pie). In this case, otona, which translates to “adult” in English, is meant to suggest the taste is sophisticated or made specifically for an adult palate. But we all know the NSFW connotation “adult cream pie” has in the western world.

It’s debatable whether McDonald’s Japan knew its new campaign could easily be mistaken for a Pornhub category or if this is just another case of poor Japanese to English translation. Considering McDonald’s “accidentally” sexually suggestive cups from last year, I’m convinced their marketing director is trolling us all on an expert level.

Photo: Aaron Baggett
As messy as youd expect a creampie to be.

You would assume a franchise as big as Mcdonald’s would at least run the ad by an English speaker before going public. You would assume, yes, but if that were the case there wouldn’t be infinite examples of corporate “Engrish” out in the wild. Remember when Pizza Hutt asked customers, “don’t you hungry?

To be fair, 大人 (otona) is often used on candy and snack packaging to sell the aforementioned “adult” taste. Most Japanese people wouldn’t bat an eye at “otona no cream pie.”

Perhaps Mcdonald’s Japan predicted its main demographic wouldn’t notice or care. The word adult, pronounced adaruto (アダルト) is used for Japanese porn rather than otona, after all. It’s still pretty hard to believe anyone with internet access doesn’t know what a “cream pie” is, though.

Japanese companies love using innuendos in commercials

McDonald’s isn’t the only company in Japan that seems to get a kick out of using sexual inuendos in their advertisements. Just look at the Long Long Man commercials for the popular candy Sakeru Gummies. In this …continue reading