Yakiniku – grilled meat is a dish in your must-eat list when traveling to Japan. Yakiniku includes grilled pork and beef. Grilled beef is really soft to the point that it melts in the mouth when eating. With the cold weather in Japan in the Spring, Autumn and Winter, there’s nothing better than to enjoy Yakiniku with Sake. I highly recommend that you should enjoy Yakiniku at traditional Japanese restaurants.
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You can enjoy this dish at Yakiniku Toraji restaurant (Address: 2-2-2 Umeda, Kita-ku | Hilton Plaza West B2F, Osaka 530-0001, Osaka Prefecture / Phone: +81 6-4797-0029 / Hours: 11:00 AM – 3:30 PM).
In addition, there are restaurants that serve grilled beef and seafood for foodies in Osaka. Visit Osaka Zerohachi Restaurant (Address: Japan, 〒540-0017 Osaka, Chuo Ward, Matsuyamachi Sumiyoshi, ４−２１B1−階 / Hours: 11AM–3PM, 5–10PM; Sunday: 5–10PM / Phone: +81 6-6777-9529) to enjoy these dishes.
After coming to Japan, I became aware of a variety of different types of Ramen. To try Ramen, you can visit the following famous Ramen restaurant in Osaka: Dotonbori Ramen Taishokudo, which is formed by 8 different Ramen shops.
Backpackers in Japan can find a lot of Udon shops in Dotonbori neighborhood. Udon has bigger, tougher and whiter texture than Ramen. Especially, the most famous in Osaka is Kitsune Udon (Address: 1 Chome-7-22 Dotonbori, Chuo Ward, Osaka, 542-0071, Japan), so take your chance to try it when you’re staying here.
Soba is a kind of dark brown, spicy and chewy noodle dish. Soba is very suitable for breakfast because its nutritional ingredients including noodles, eggs, vegetables, and seaweed provide enough energy for an active full day. One interesting thing is in Japanese restaurants, free hot/cold matcha is provided free of charge. Matcha is present in every main meal and street snacks. This is probably the secret of a long life of Japanese people, right?
Takoyaki octopus cake is a type of snack that is not too strange for young people in Vietnam. But when I came to Japan, I realized that it was not easy to find a place that sells Takoyaki. In Osaka, tourists can find Takoyaki in crowded food neighborhoods in the area around Namba Station or Dotonbori Station, the culinary paradise in Osaka. A quick note is Japanese people don’t eat or drink while walking on the road because it is easy to leave stains on others. So normally, you should stand to eat right at the store, then go on ahead when you’re finished with your food.
Okonomiyaki is Japanese pancake, also known as Japanese pizza. Usually, the chefs prepare the cake, then place it on a hot pan right at the dining table so you can enjoy Okonomiyaki in the most complete way. There are many types of Okonomiyaki, the most delicious is probably beef Okonomiyaki.
In addition to Okonomiyaki, travelers to Osaka can challenge themselves with Negiyaki, which is no less tasty than Okonomiyaki. Negiyaki contains a lot of baro onions, so stay away from it if you’re not a fan of onion.
It may sound strange but curry is quite popular in Japan. Although it still retains the flavor of Indian curry, Japanese curry has its own unique characteristics. Japanese people often eat curry with rice, chicken, pork or beef and some vegetables. There are many restaurants that offer curry dish such as Curry House T&A Kyomachibori (Address: 1-18-15 Kyomachibori, Nishi-ku, Osaka 550-0003, Osaka Prefecture / Hours: 9AM–10:45PM / Phone: +81 6-6647-8010). The taste of curry here is pretty strong. You should reconsider in case you don’t favor strong-taste curry because it’s really hard to enjoy the meal for those who can’t stand the smell.
Many people ask whether there is a traditional Japanese restaurant in Osaka that offer Sashimi, local seafood dishes and grilled beef at the same time. The answer is yes. To ensure delicious and affordable eating experience, you can visit Uoden Izakaya Bar (Address: 9-17 Namba Sennichimae, Chuo-ku | Sennnichimae Central No.2 Bldg 1F, Osaka 542-0075, Osaka Prefecture / Hours: 17:30 – 24:00 / Phone: +81 6-6648-0141) in Fukushima, Osaka to enjoy the food.
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