Interview with an Osakan – What to Eat and What to Buy in Osaka

Osaka girls crossing street

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We earlier had a interview with a friend who is from Osaka, lived for some years in Canada and has now returned to Osaka. This is part two of the interview.

What to eat

Can you recommend some Osaka specialties one should try?
A:Takoyaki and Okonomiyaki!

What is your favorite restaurant in Osaka?
A: Pasta ya Goemon, Happy Koubou (both in Umeda area)

What is a decent cheap place to go?
A: Food court or restaurant area is the best place for price and variety.(If you are in a shopping mall or downtown). Business office area usually have cheap and quick restaurants.

Any favourite curry or other type of restaurants you can recommend?
A: Pasta ya goemon!(pasta, of course), Jamuna (curry, but Indian style). If you like Japanese style curry, try Cocoichiban or Sanmaruku.)

Any kawaii (cute) restaurants?
A: I can’t really think of it. You might think Bikkuri donky is cute. It’s inside is usually a log house looking.
If you are going to USJ (Universal Studio Japan,or Tokyo Disney land, or sea, they probably have cute restaurants inside.

What are good stores to get groceries?
A: Prices: Genki ichiba or Tamade Variety: Jusco,AEON, Daiei, Life, Max Value

What are some crazy food/drink items that a foreigner might enjoy seeing/trying?
A: Nagashi soumen (usually summer time),some funny flavor junky food. ex: Aloe yoghurt flavored kit kat, Lemon vinegar kit kat, sea weed and salt chips etc.

What to buy

What do you think would be good gifts to bring back for friends and family?
A: Hichu (soft candy). For some reason most foreigners I know love them.

What products do you think Japan makes particularly well that it might be worth stocking up on a bit?
A: Cup noodles/a package of noodle, chocolate (seems less sweet than North American chocolate). cute housekeeping products.

Thanks Asami for the interview! Look forward to spending time with you in your hometown!

3 Responses to “Interview with an Osakan – What to Eat and What to Buy in Osaka”

  1. Shani  on April 2nd, 2011

    Nice interview with Asami! Some good tips, funny that most of the questions revolved around food! haha

  2. Travis  on April 3rd, 2011

    When Stacey is interviewing someone, it doesn’t take long before it turns to food :)

  3. Ash  on May 5th, 2011

    I enjoyed reading this post. good luck.

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