Whenever I visit Japan, I make it a point to go to their outdoor markets. It gives a sense of how the Japanese are in terms of culture and of course food. Simple snacks and everyday dishes could be found in their markets. For instance, the TSUKIJI MARKET in TOKYO was the go to place for sushi. 5 Things To Do in TSUKIJI MARKET (Click link here) was how I found it to be. Unfortunately, it has started to move to a different location to pave way for the upcoming Olympics. I just don't think it would ever be the same.
When I visited Osaka, I went back to KUROMON ICHIBA. This market is a known tourist spot that is best visited when you're in the Dotombori or Namba Walk area. Granted that it's not as big as TSUKIJI and it might be a spot more for tourist, it still has its charm.
If you were like us and walked above ground rather than down in NAMBA WALK, you would be sweating and puffing. Good thing, there are a number of fruit vendors in the market that sells freshly made blended juices. For watermelon fans, they use a hand blender and serve them as is.
Right about this time too, you would feel a bit hungry. There are tons of restaurants that sell grilled items just for you.
Most of them have squids, king crab legs, and other seafood dishes.
Oysters and shrimps are also a popular choice.
Right beside these scallops are takoyaki. These are flour-balls that are filled with minced octopus and green onion. Since Osaka is near KOBE, some stalls also sell beef steak cubes!!
Aside from the restaurant stalls, there are a number that sell wasabi. These aren't you're usual processed version. These are the original and more expensive kind. The flavor that you get from them are just amazing.
To be honest, I was pleasantly surprised with these gingered side dishes. These would work well with deep fried dishes and even curry. To be honest, I bought a couple and gave them away. After trying them out at home, I felt bad and I seriously wanted more.
After going around, desserts are in order. You could go for these sweet bread filled with bean paste or the sticky rice balls that are super amazing.
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KUROMON Market or Ichiba isn't as big as TSUKIJI and it might look like too touristy for some. FOR ME, it's a definite must visit when in the area. Granted that you may have a lot of steps by the end of the day, the food and the experience you get is just amazing.
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Disclaimer: Wrote this based on my experience. Paid for our visit.