Sushi is probably the most famous type of food in Japan – Everyone knows sushi. Either it’s rolled, slapped on top of rice, or shaped into a square and shoved into a… a…… box. But there is a couple of other dishes that are unique to Osaka, dishes the average visitor to these parts, knows nothing about. I’m speaking of the famous Osaka Okonomiyaki. Some called it Japanese pizza or pancake – I call it…..okonomiyaki. A mixture of flour, egg, cabbage and bacon, okonomiyaki is a favorite dish with many Osaka people.
The mix is mixed and placed on a hot plate, where it slowly cooks. Flipping the okonomiyaki over to cook the opposite side, is a skill not many foreigners have. Japanese however, are able flick with ease. A special sauce with mayonnaise, dried fish and dried seaweed powder, completes the meal. Okonomiyaki is eaten with either chopsticks or an instrument called a “kotei”
The other famous dish, in this neck of the woods, is Osaka’s Takoyaki. This dish consists of pieces of octopus cooked in a batter with ginger and other ingredients added to enhance the flavor. Now, contrary to English the translation that Takoyaki are octopus balls, I have learned that octopi do not, in fact, possess any balls. Therefore I refer to Takoyaki, in English, as octopus dumplings. Far better, don’t you think?