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  • Prepare you stomach, and feast your eyes

  • It's time for Kansai region food tour

  • I've come to Dotonbori region of Osaka, Japan

  • Now, there are different words to live by, depending on the city you live in

  • and different ways to come to ruin

  • In Tokyo, it's the amount of money you spend on shoes,

  • In Kyoto they say it's the amount of money you spend on fashionable clothes,

  • And here in Osaka, they say it's the amount of money you spend on delicious food.

  • They actually have a special word for it,

  • KUIDAORE

  • And that literally means you ruin spend on what you are offered to eat

  • Now if I were to think which way to go of those 3,

  • Definitely "death by food" is the option I would pick,

  • So let's go and see, what they have here.

  • Come along and we'll try some of the delicious food

  • You'll find a lot to look at and enjoy Dotonbori

  • the moment you start walking down the canal

  • And definitely a lack of variety is not a problem they suffer from here

  • You name it, they've got it

  • Seafood restaurant,

  • KUSHI-KATSU,which is an irresistible type of deep fried stick food by the way.

  • Sweets, of course RAMEN, and many more.

  • But for me, I thought I'd go for a classic.

  • TAKOYAKI, or octopus balls for the uninitiated,

  • is a street food born in KANSAI region, specifically in Osaka

  • To tell you the truth, I normally struggle to enjoy it,

  • But on this day, in the birth place of its popularity,

  • DOTONBORI finally got the flavors right

  • So this is the Octopus-wheat-flour-ball

  • It's very simple. Wheat, flour, octopus,

  • It has pickled ginger, bonito flakes on top,

  • Perhaps some mayonnaise, sometimes

  • And some SHOYU soya sauce spread on top

  • Which is super delicious

  • Now most important to this whole experience is that it must be fresh

  • I had my initial impression ruined for TAKOYAKI because I had it reheated

  • or purchased it and let it cool down

  • If you want those flavors to pop, you want to get it totally fresh like this,

  • And if you can absolutely find it like we did if you come to DOTONBORI

  • Let's check it out

  • Just, just as I'd hoped

  • Flavor is coming out so much

  • I not usually a fan of bonito flakes but....

  • with this flavor combination it works very very well

  • Totally guilty of loving mayonnaise

  • I have to reign this in

  • And it seems the Japanese have a love affair of it as well

  • It's a dangerous love affair. Dangerous, dangerous love affair

  • But almost impossible to resist

  • So of course, the form that we find DOTONBORI in today is not how it always was

  • The development started in the 1600s

  • With an enterprising business man who thought it would increase the commercial viability of the area

  • were he to expand the river

  • And it worked, since within 50 years, there were 3 KABUKI theaters

  • And 5 BUNRAKU theaters,

  • which are kind of puppet theaters

  • So when I say Osaka is Bohemian and colorful,

  • it definitely started a long time ago

  • Our food journey is of course not over

  • Not by far

  • We are, though, faced with a difficult question,

  • what next?

  • Sometimes abundance of choice is a curse more than a blessing

  • What do we choose?

  • When faced with a thousand choices, how will we make a decision?

  • Fear not, that's why I'm here

  • It's obvious what we should do.

  • All right, we're doing a little bit of sit down fair,

  • we're not just doing the street food via next to the canal, as lovely as that is,

  • I've come down here to try DOTONBORI's OKONOMIYAKI

  • And that is Japanese savory pancake.

  • Now there is a couple ways to have this, depending on type of city that you're in

  • So first of all you're going to order the ingredients which will be inside your pancake

  • And that would be something like, seafood.

  • or you're going to have beef, or pork or vegetables or a mix

  • And all those ingredients you will mix together

  • You make your delicious pancake

  • Maybe top it off with some mayonnaise,

  • and sauces along side as well

  • But they mix them together. That is distinct in Osaka

  • But when you go to Hiroshima, the ingredients will be layered.

  • as opposed to mixed together,

  • And addition to that, they will include some kind of noodle

  • which is a cool variety if you are into trying something different

  • So as I mentioned, there are quite a lot of flavors to choose from here,

  • I haven't had pork in a while and it so happens that it's one of my favorite

  • Actually when I was young, I used to live in a hobby farm,

  • My family raised pigs there among many other things

  • I get nostalgic for it sometimes but....

  • enough talk. Let's discuss these flavors

  • Fresh, fresh ingredients. Tasting that immediately

  • I went with the sweeter sauce since they had two options for that

  • which you put on

  • I'm enjoying that

  • What's not to like about pancakes

  • So if you have ever seen DOTONBORI on Instagram,

  • then this guy is probably showed up there

  • He is sort of you might say the unofficial mascot of the area

  • And he is associated with food as well.

  • He went up in 1935

  • He is associated with the company which makes POCKY

  • If you don't know what POCKY is, they are these delicious snack-able carbohydrate stick

  • that are dipped in different variety of flavors

  • From strawberry to Maccha

  • Just like Kit Kat has a lot of flavors here in Japan, so does POCKY

  • So if you do get a chance to come down to DOTONBORI, be sure to get a picture with GLICO MAN

  • because it's a long standing tradition

  • You think with all that TAKOYAKI and OKONOMIYAKI filling my belly,

  • I am satisfied....but...

  • That is until I pass a really good deal for some GYOZA

  • And there was one

  • It was about 500yen, about 5USD roughly,

  • For 6 and a beer,

  • And that was an offer I could not refuse

  • Also a great way to cap off a great day

  • The heavy lifting is done

  • The heavy chewing. Maybe that's more accurate

  • The food was fantastic. Really really good

  • I usually don't like TAKOYAKI. I like it when it's this fresh and this delicious

  • I don't often eat OKONOMIYAKI, that was fantastic. Really really good

  • Now, I'm showing next to this guy,

  • Shouting out for the art next to the canal

  • For the big portion of the canal, there are these murals all the way around

  • In fact I think an art that's been done on my friend's guitar from an artist down that way

  • Which is super cool

  • So if you're not into the foody thing but want to snap a few shots,

  • You will find some really good opportunities here

  • This was so much fun to me

  • I'm probably coming back to make more videos here

  • because I saw a bunch of seafood restaurants and I love seafood

  • especially crab

  • Thank you very much for watching

  • I hope to catch you in the next one

  • Take care up there, be safe

  • and that's all for now

Prepare you stomach, and feast your eyes

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Osaka City Food Tour | Dotonbori Canal District |super street food Japan

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