03 January 2011
Japan Street Food Tour Day 6 - Osaka Castle Park, Mos Burger & Tonkotsu Ramen
Day 6 on Our All You Can Eat in Osaka Trip - we hit a standup noodle bar, a sushi train, carnie snacks in Osaka Castle Park, Mos Burger and tonkotsu ramen. Our nipples explode with delight.
I've quickly developed an obsession for plain udon soup for breakfast, the perfect hangover cure. We catch a train across town to Kyobashi, a great eating destination. We find this stand-up noodle bar on the train station platform, too easy!
The noodle master at work in his tiny kitchen. As we watch him work we notice almost everything is labouriously pre-prepared and pre-portioned into plastic bags, the smart way to deal with rush hour.
Standing room only...
Soba noodles with a raw egg. shallots and nori.
Alison goes for the curry udon soup out of curiosity. It is surprisingly addictive, this is the start of an obsession with Japanese curry. It is also suprisingly messy - it should come with one of those lobster bibs!
Outside Kyobashi Station. Nothing to do with food but I love photos of folks on streets.
Mysterious brown things for sale, sadly there's no room in the tum, there's nothing I love more than brown balls of mystery.
I'm desperate for a coffee and hit Doutor, a popular coffee chain.
"Don't go to Doutor" says Alison "we went on our last trip, the coffee sucks". I go in anyway.
Indeed the coffee at Doutor sucks.
But the sweeties at Doutor look dang fine...
Alison goes shopping so I check out the video arcades. Some game setups are quite elaborate.
While others defy comment.
Pounding the pavement around Kyobashi station, it's a fun place.
Sushi sounds good. This one seems to be run by a happy gang of waving pussycats.
I love the DIY green tea here - there's hot water taps in front of every seat. I so wish this would catch on in Australia. It's a pet peeve having to pay for tea... The sushi is only 160 yen per plate, that's less than $2 Australian, and it's really, really, really good. Try getting the sushi feast below for less than $20 in Australia...
The very first thing is Octopus. So good we had another serve.
Wasabi by the bucket!
Ebi, crunchy heads intact.
Unagi, the next favourite to octopus.
Sometimes you just have to go the strange mayonaisse one.
Smoked beef, somewhat like proscuiotto. Who says it has to be all fish!
Smooshed up left over bits of tuna.
Shiny fish skin, so shiny.
Scallops. Most of the fish we couldn't name. We were too busy stuffing it in our faces. We avoided the pots of natto. There was also options to order sashimi as you liked it, but limited Japanese meant what came out of the train went into our mouths.
After lunch we head to Osaka Castle Park where bands play every Sunday, it's a great way to spend an afternoon. The bands are really slick, super rehearsed, and with all the top gear. We noticed lots of men had their big zoom cameras fixed on the pretty girl.
But it was the looser, edgier stuff we liked. Such as this guy who did a mean bicycle horn solo.
And this band blew my little mind - The Amateur. Beautifully weird, unpolished with moments of mad musical genius. I watched their whole set transfixed, mouth agape. The bass player did start out fully clothed! www.the-amateur.info/
But what's a day in the park without junk food?
Question: what could be possiblty better than sausage on a stick?
Answer: cheesy omlette sausage on a stick. We just had to have one. It tasted exactly how it looks.
The sausage master in action. Genius.
Every Sunday, this guy has to get up and dress in his Doreman mask and make waffles in the park. What a job.
Grape Fanta. It's healthy - it's got vitamins! Alison hardly drinks soft drink at home but loves all the flavours of foreign fizzy.
We check out this lady's melons, so to speak. The rockmelon is amazing, no wonder they pay so much for the stuff here.
After the park we jump on the train and head over to Spa World. The sign outside lays down the law.
Zombi apocalypse. Our jaws dropped in amazement when we saw the Festival Gate shopping centre in Osaka in midst of demolition. Most impressive is the torn and twisted remains of the roller coaster, it's spooky the way the track ends hanging in mid air. It gives the impression the place was closed after some horrific roller coaster accident, that's it's been vacant and haunted for years, but at night you can still hear the screams. The truth is less exciting, the place just went broke. Too much Scooby Doo...
We caught the train in the direction home and got off a stop earlier so we could walk along the back streets.
Lots of food places were just opening up.
Groovy (and grimy) old sign for Suntory Chain Bar.
Mos Burger hamburger chain is always a compulsive stop. Sometimes Mos Burger dissapoints, sometimes it elates. Today it's the latter.
There's quite a few unique items on the menu, it doesn't just copy Ronald-san.
The food comes wrapped in paper and served in little baskets.
Shawn goes a plain burger with cheese and bright orange relish.
Alison decides she doesn't want to fill up to early and has a rice burger with fried vegetables, sort of a sushi burger. It was much better than expected and could be a hit for gluten freebies!
We pretty much had the place to ourselves.
So many places to try.
At least beer only came from one place, and it was from nowhere inside the chicken.
We headed back toward the ramen joint we had spied a few days earlier.
Alison loves the pickles. Why aren't they served more often? With everything.
We both go the house special tonkotsu ramen. Milky broth, chunky roasted pork, seaweed and sprouts.
A slightly different, spicier version.
The pork was juicy, melty and chunky. The beers were downed quickly and we wrapped up the night. Only one more night to go, we cried into our drinks.