(not quite a) Year in Japan

Kuromon Market (黒門市場)

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Osaka is pretty well known for being a place where you can get great food. Typically fish/seafood due to the ease of access through Osaka Bay. So as well as areas like Dōtonbori (道頓堀) where tons of restaurants vie for custom, there’s also a really well-known, really busy marketplace called Kuromon Market.


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Here you can buy plenty of raw meat and fish, but the real attraction for tourists is that nearly all of the stalls also have a little grill going, so you can buy some interesting looking fish and have it cooked for you right away. Neat. Admittedly there’s also just as many stalls dedicated to selling just cooked things.

So here we go! Lunchtime!

One of the first things to catch my eye were these squid

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So of course I was like “erm…those squid, can you eat all of it?”, luckily the answer was yes, and even more luckily they offered to prep it for me (though I can imagine eating it off a skewer would’ve been it’s own entertainment)



After wandering by a tempura stand, I noticed they had tempura pickled red-ginger (天ぷら紅しょうが), which struck me as a really weird combination.


After asking the person running the stand, they were like “Oh it’s an Osaka thing, you probably won’t find it anywhere else” – excellent sales pitch. Anyway at ¥100 (~70p), I thought why not, and scoffed it down. I’m not normally a huge fan of tempura, but it was actually really good – the sharpness of the ginger pleasantly offset the oiliness of the batter. Oh, and no photo of the one that I got, because it was rapidly burning my hand.

Right, time for some meat.

ジャンボ牛串 or “jumbo skewered beef” – here “big skewered beef”

<s>Wow a sale what luck!!</s>

So yeah, pretty much all of the stalls had some sort of sales gimmick, though usually it’s just someone shouting really loud or clapping or something.

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The jumbo beef was…ok, I mean it tasted fine. Just not great.

Anyway, that’s enough savory, time for some sweet.

花見団子 – Hanami dango

So, these were like ¥150 so I thought ‘why not’, standard mochi, with the vaguest hint of some other flavour that I couldn’t quite pin down. Not bad, glad I didn’t pay any more for them.


Oh yeah, and this is why I can’t be a food-blogger, I started eating before taking a photo I’m so sorry everyone, I’ve let you all down.

And time to wash it all down with some fruit juice

黄金桃ジュース – Golden plum juice

Really good, and oddly, quite thankfully not 100% juice otherwise it would’ve been overkill on the sweet.

Totally recommend Kuromon Market – you don’t even have to buy anything to enjoy it, but I’m not sure that’s physically possible :p

Oh yeah, and no map, but just assume that everything is in Osaka unless I post one.

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