Osaka food bloggers and street food for television series
I am writing from a British television production company. We are making a series about street food around the world and will be filming in Osaka in the first half of February.
I would be grateful for recommendations of street foods (both traditional the the latest trends) to feature and would love to hear if anyone has any recommendations for where best to try them - ideally off the beaten tourist track.
We're also looking for English speaking food bloggers and guides based in the area who know Osaka well and might be willing to take our presenter around some of their favourite haunts.
Any advice gratefully received!
Thanks so much,
I'm a ramen blogger in Osaka and I'd like to help you out in any way that I can! Here's my blog:
The traditional Osakan foods are okonomiyaki - a pancake containing different meat and seafood, takoyaki - fried balls with pieces of octopus inside, and kushi katsu - fried meat and vegetables on skewers.
Dotonbori is the most well-known place to get takoyaki, but it certainly is touristy. There are shops all over the city, and Osakans will each claim the local mom-and-pop stand by them is the best.
Kushi-katsu is associated with a shady (by Japanese standards) district, Shinsekai. Shinsekai was the home of a modern amusement park 100 years ago, but has since fallen by the wayside and become a run-down area with pachinko parlors and bars where old drink starting in the morning. And of course many delicious kushi-katsu restaurants.
For more off-the-beaten-path places to eat, I recommend Fukushima and Tenma Stations. They are both not as glitzy as the major downtown areas, but are known for their restaurants and bars.
Although Osaka is not traditionally thought of as a ramen city, many good places have sprouted up recently for ramen, too. In addition, there's a style of ramen from east Osaka in the fifties. It's so removed from tourist locations, that even Japanese people who aren't ramen nuts don't know it!
I'd love to give you more recommendations or meet up and showing your presenter around!