Yummy post today! Here are two weeks worth of Japanese noms during our trip to Osaka (and a week in Tokyo).
The first thing I hunted for was Ichigo.
A box of White Ichigo from Kuromon market for only 400 yen.
Hakata Amao. Soooo huge!
Spamming all the Ichigo pictures.
Ok last one!
Kinryu Tonkotsu Ramen in Osaka! They say that Tonkotsu soup in Osaka is a lot lighter, so if you are used to the rich taste in Tokyo it’s gonna taste too light. I agree. Still love my Ichiran!
On one of the final nights in Osaka, we were craving for ramen so the danna relied on Google again for top ranked ramen in Osaka, I decided that the mood was Tori Baitan (鶏白湯. Please don’t read it in Chinese if you are Malaysian/Singaporean.), basically a thick, chicken stock that’s creamy white in color usually used for hotpot or as ramen soup.
We went to Ryukishin Ramen. I really never expected it to taste like how it did. It was so thick that it was like drinking potage/cream stew? with oriental pasta in it @.@
The danna had Shio based ramen. I think I preferred his!
As a Horumon fanatic, the danna searched for the top ranked Horumonyaki in Osaka. We end up going to “Sora” in Tsuruhashi.
Black senmai. I tried to look up “senmai” so I could explain to non-horumon fans what it is, all I could find is:
“The omasum, also known as the bible, the fardel, the manyplies and the psalterium, is the third compartment of the stomach in ruminants.”
Errrr ok. As if it makes sense.
WIKIPEDIA, Y U NO HELP AT ALL.
Anyway, it is a part of cow insides. Basically all horumon parts are.
A very much raved about curry rice in Namba, Jiyuken（自由軒) . There’s a very queer feeling to this 100-year-old restaurant, I can’t quite pinpoint what it was but it was like I just walked into a whimsical world accidentally which norms I don’t quite understand XD.
Crispy Takoyaki from “Takoyaki Kun”, which boasts about being the yummiest Takoyaki in Osaka! This Takoyaki is special because of the “Tenkasu”(crunchy bits of deep fried flour-batter) added to it, making it extra crispy on the outside!
Honestly I have never been a fan of Takoyaki because
- I don’t really like batter that remains gooey. It tastes like it’s not cooked properly.
- HOW AM I SUPPOSED TO EAT THAT HOT FIRE BALL WITHOUT KILLING MY TONGUE?
You are supposed to just pop that golden octopus ball coming straight off a cast-iron pan at a volcanical temperature, into your mouth without breaking it apart first (cutting it open is a bad idea anyway as things gets super messy, what’s more if you only have a toothpick -_-), and it’s just impossible for me.
The danna has steel tongue and he eats it exactly just like that – pick a ball, stuff in mouth.
Kushikatsu are deep-fried skewers, which are also not my cup of tea because:
- I don’t like the sweet sauce you are supposed to dip it in.
- If you eat without the sauce it is just… bland.
- I feel that the batter is a bit redundant since I’d much prefer it the Yakitori way – grilled.
Omg come to think of it Osaka food is probably my least favorite Japanese food lol. Mainly because of how I don’t like the sweet sauce they use in practically every single food (Okonomiyaki, Yakisoba, Tonkatsu) etc. (Okonomiyaki is another gooey-dough food that I cannot really appreciate!) The danna loves takoyaki and kushikatsu though because it’s nostalgic for him since he worked in Kansai for many years before leaving for Tokyo.
Selamat datang! haha.
This is not really food but apparently now we have Apple Pack UGH Pineapple Pack~ And all sorts of other comedian face packs.
Ramen marathon is a thing for NALU and Number76 staff. Before coming to Kinryu ramen, we already had a full Kushikatsu dinner in Namba.
Junya joining the marathon.
Kinryu ramen. Help yourself with free-flow chili chives and kimchi.
And then hop over to Todai Ramen, a chain from Tokushima Prefecture.
This was new for everyone. Nobody in our group had tasted ramen like this before – noodles served in a sweetish soy sauce based soup with beef topping, and crack an egg on top. You can help yourself with free-flow raw eggs served in the basket on dining tables.
Tasted like Sukiyaki. Basically Sukiyaki ramen.
Junya helping himself with one lol.
Before heading back to Tokyo we were craving for Chuka (Chinese-style food). So we had our Ankake soba.
Yay back to Tokyo!! We had a great trip in Osaka but super happy to be back in Tokyo too because it’s going back to everything I am familiar with.
My first stop!
Our comfort food. This is the dinner menu!
Love the art they displayed this month!
I accidentally ordered this not realizing it is a cocktail. Gave it to the danna haha.
Then I had my fruity fizz without alchocol. Delicious!
Battered chicken thigh that’s sooooo so soft omg what’s the secret?
Fish&Chips without the chips haha. Special order by the danna.
Spring Cabbage and seafood Yuzukosho Pasta. So love the pasta texture!
Half way eating the danna left for his meeting so Gomi san joined us to finish up the food haha.
Her favorite was Anchovy Spring Cabbage. Perfect combi.
4 kinds of shells!
When run out of idea, eat Ootoya. Score full marks on both nutrition and taste.
Yuzu grilled chicken set.
Grilled fish set.
Love the crabsticks from combini!! Recenly they even came up with “scallop stick”, also very yummy!
How convenient is this??? The danna found lots of Rizap (a super popular fitness gym in Japan) collaborated items in the combini!! The Rizap diet method is extreme-low-carb, and instead of cracking your head and going all the way out to devise your own recipe (or ask your wife to cook low carb everyday), you can now get all your meals from the combini. The extreme-low-carb items they have includes carbonara (?!), baum cake, cola gummy, etc.
What’s the most unexpected thing you think you’d eat in Tokyo?
Singapore BKT!! This is opened by a Japanese friend who stayed in SG for a few years and loved the BKT there.
Went there to support! It was very popular with the locals and they actually have sold out, the one I had was the last bowl of BKT left for the day T_T.
“How To Eat”
And also the top 5 BKT ranking in Singapore. The danna and I have the same choice: Song Fa BKT. Our favorite in SG so far. How about you? 😀
I was a little nervous because I didn’t know what to expect of the soup. I had one sip and I was surprised.
No, it didn’t taste like any of the BKT I’ve tried in SG. But it was very, very good. In fact, it was too good to be BKT lol. Singapore BKT is a lot lighter, a clear soup that’s peppery. But this BKT is so rich and flavorful it’s almost like Tonkotsu (pork bone) soup, with a robust hint of garlic and pepper. Yummy.
And the youtiao OMG. I usually avoid eating youtiao cuz they are just so oily. But this is so light yet crispy, what magic is this??
I think I’d go back again!
One of our fav sushi place to indulge in Roppongi. Pricy, but worth it.
An entire bowl of uni TO BE EATEN WITH A SPOON? YES. (or to scoop the uni onto the seaweed. I don’t care.)
AGGGHHH. It was so good I considered ordering another portion, but the scary thing about this sushi restaurant is that… its menu has no price. @.@
You’ll not know how much you are spending @.@. Although the final bill always come close to our estimation, I was still cautious of breaking the bank lol.
Umesuisho, danna’s favorite.
Just very very good tomato with salt. Sooo good!
Tako with salt.
Chawan mushi for Sakura.
Went to this cafe at Grand Tree, Musashi Kosugi with Miyabi. I love Japanese set lunches! I had the hamburg with gorgonzola cheese.
That comes with 4 side dishes.
And a Rhubarb Strawberry with Pistachio tart! So yummy! Thank you Miyabi for the treat!
One of Tokyo’s best kept secrets. We almost never fail to have a meal at this Horumonyaki place every time we are in Japan. We went there for our last dinner before leaving Tokyo.
Extra point for a super pretty waitstaff who moonlights there after her day job. The first time I saw her it was almost love at first sight for me lol. I was like wth what is such a beauty doing here at an oily, smokey cow insides BBQ place?!
And then I couldn’t stop staring at her. The whole time I was wondering why her make up was so PERFECT despite all the sweat and heat. It was like she has a permanent Meitu filter on her face.
This time around I finally talked to her (like a shy teenage boy LOLOL) judging how friendly she was with Junya. So I asked her why is doesn’t her make up melt at such a hot, stuffy place?
Guess what her answer was?
“I am not wearing any.”
That is when I stabbed myself before jumping off a cliff.
Snack, snack snack!
New Kagome limited edition!
Wow wow wow it makes me soooo happy just looking at the pretty colors!
Ahhhh ichigo again. And cherries. And tomato.
Sakura and her ichigo.
This whole box of ultra perfect ichigo only cost 1000 yen!!
Akafuku, a famous Ise souvenir from danna’s friend.
There was a KitKat fair at Haneda airport the day we flew back. Have you seen these premium Kitkat before?
That’s all for now!