Tuesday, September 23, 2008

Okonomiyaki in Osaka

We had a taste for okonomiyaki, so we went straight to the source: Osaka.  We arrived at a ticket window at Tokyo Station at 11:05am, and we were on our way to the Kansai region at 11:33am.  In Osaka by 2:30pm. On Dotonbori by 4:00pm. (We walked quite a distance before we gave up and hopped on the subway.)  

There we found a place called Kureo-ru that specializes in this Japanese dish that's like a pizza and like a pancake.  

Okonomiyaki (お好み焼き) means "grilled things you like." (Or something like that.)  Anyway, the Osakan version of this meal mixes cabbage with flour and eggs and whatever else you make like - usually octopus or shrimp or squid, etc.  -  and topped with dried bonito flakes and a salty/sweet sauce.  We ordered our okonomiyaki with shrimp and egg.  There are restaurants where you cook your own okonomiyaki at your table, but Kureo-ru had a grill just for keeping the dish warm.  That was fine with us; we were afraid of cooking our own.  

It was delicious, and we were pleased with our decision to travel 250 miles to experience a local specialty of Osaka.  After we ate, we walked around the shopping arcade, sang karaoke for an hour, then took the bullet train back to Tokyo.  Only in Japan!

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