JAPAN. They don’t call this place: “The land of the rising sun” for nothing. It’s confusing when it’s around 4:30am and the sun is already shining. It is summer solstice, 14 hours of daylight and the weather is hot and very humid.
My husband and I went to Japan (Squeeeeeeee) for our honeymoon but had an EPIC food adventure instead! We stayed in modern and traditional style apartments in Osaka, Kyoto and Tokyo.
Most of the time for breakfast I would cook brown rice with eggs, fish ( 1kg tray of salmon cut offs was just a mere 500 yen/ $AU5.78……fish is so cheap here! I fried this in butter and sloshed soy sauce over it…hmmmm delicious!!!) We’d also toast those thick fluffy white bread slices and slather them with expensive Hokkaido butter and strange lemon ‘marmalade’.
We became very familiar with the convenience store Lawsons and Seven Eleven. I may have had preconditioned opinions about Seven Eleven but boy, it sure did change whilst I was there. The food is fricken awesome. It’s almost on par with the stuff you get at the David Jones food hall but better tasting. The prepared food is delicious, well presented and cheap. There were fried chicken, rice balls, sushi, soba noodles, ramen, salads…oh man, I regret taking a picture of it.
This was NOT a gluten and sugar free food adventure and boy….did I suffer! But who gives a flying fuck?? I was in Japan….Konichiwa Bitches!!!!
Tenkaippin Ramen Bar
Our AirBnb host Roman recommended this place to us and it was just across the road from where we were staying. This was our first real ramen meal and I wasn’t disappointed. The place was cheap, clean and cheery. Though we couldn’t speak Japanese, we didn’t have any trouble ordering our food because the menu had pictures.
I guess I was used to having a watery instant ramen style because I was surprised the broth was rather rich and creamy. That’s the Osaka ‘kotteri’ style ramen. The tender pork slices with bamboo shoots and slippery noodles went down a treat.
Sitting at the wooden bar was nice and chowing on crispy potato croquettes and fried chicken/karaage (I shared with Olleh) made me very happy. I even ate my side salad of cabbage and yellow pickles! This was a set meal which cost around $9AU.
Nanbanaka, Naniwaku, Osaka, Osaka Prefecture 556-001, Japan
Warai Dotonbori Restaurant
We were spoilt for choice on the places to eat whilst strolling along this popular area. There is just so many things to see and the bright neon lights are very distracting. This place was just so inconspicuous that I’m having trouble tracking the address down. If you can help from reading from what’s off the menu, it would be greatly appreciated.
The super cute illustrations of the skewers on menu was displayed outside this apartment looking entrance and we took the plunge and rode the elevator up the 3rd or 4th floor to this Kushikatsu/Fried Skewers eatery. They had these dark mahogany booths which you could slide a panel across so you ate in privacy. I kinda liked the novelty of it all and the wonderful staff made us very welcomed. I spied some sort of honey pot or bee mascot costume hanging in the waiting room area.
We ordered the Dotonbori set which had 10 fried skewers that consisted of prawns, asparagus, fish balls, mushrooms, sausage (!), chicken and I can’t remember the rest. Oh, the side dishes were 2 bowls of these vermicelli noodles with bits of tasty pickles, carrots and mushrooms and then a bowl of silky silky tofu with soy sauce. It came around to $AU17.
Then we ordered some fatty delicious chicken skin skewers and Takoyaki/grilled octopus balls which was just bloody divine! This was washed down with mixed fruit and ume liquor. We certainly did waddle out there with full bellies but somehow managed to eat snacks and desserts at a Lawsons store!
1-5-6 Dotonbori Chuo-Ku, Osaka, Osaka Prefecture 542-0071, Japan
next door to Tanuki restaurant