While Kitsune Udon is considered a standard Osaka meal – I even learned how to make udon noodles in the Eat Osaka cooking class I took (more on that later) – kitsune, the sweet thin, fried tofu slice served on top, is too sweet for my taste. Maybe it’s fond memories of the twice-weekly bowls of Top Ramen decorated with egg, ham or salami, green onions and other veggies the fridge which sustained me through post-college days that ranks ramen at the top of my comfort food cravings.
Cooking the Tonkotsu broth at Muteppou Ramen in Osaka
College Girl and her BF are living and teaching in Osaka now so I had the inside track on one awesome, budget-friendly hole-in-the-wall place lauded for their Tonkotsu Ramen – Muteppou Ramen in Osaka. Muteppou is a small chain and has locations in Kyoto, Nara, and Nakano, Tokyo.
5. Kushi-Katsu -originally street food, kushi-katsu, or deep-fried pork kabobs, are served everywhere now. You can find it at street stands in Dotonbori or served at trendy izakayas and casual restaurants around Osaka. We went to the Sinsekai area where nearly every restaurant specializes in kushi-katsu.
Dozens of Kushi Katsu places in the Sinsekai area of Osaka
Total beer food! We ordered avocado, quail egg, eggplant, sweet potato, chicken thigh, bacon, camembert, shiitake, and two salads for a fresh component to balance the fat. You can get almost anything on a stick – it’s like being at the fair, in Japan. There are also unfried options like rice, yakisoba, and other simple Japanese fare.
Dotonbori – we sell kushi-katsu!
The one rule to remember: the special dipping sauce on the table is communal – so absolutely no double dipping!
There you have it – your Osaka dining adventure awaits! From fine-dining prix fixe menus to noodle shops, Osaka dining has something for everyone, just don’t miss these outstanding dishes!
CHEERS and EAT UP!