5 Street Foods in Osaka You Must Try

Osaka is the birthplace of many delicious local cuisines, and the street food is one you really should treat yourself to on any trip to the city. Whether you like fish, meat, noodles or soups, there is bound to be something to suit your pallet.

1. Takoyaki


This is the famous grilled octopus ball. It is made with a flour and egg based batter, filled with slices of octopus, pickled ginger and green onion and traditionally served with Takoyaki sauce. It can also come with other toppings such as mayonnaise, powdered nori seaweed and dried bonito fish flakes to complete this popular street snack, which you really should try at least once!

2. Okonomiyaki


Okonomiyaki, is a savoury pancake dish, made with shredded cabbage and a whole range of other ingredients such as squid, prawn, octopus or meat. It is usually served with Okonomiyaki sauce, mayonnaise, bonito fish flakes and powdered nori seaweed. The name is originally derived from the word okonomi, meaning “what you like”, and yaki meaning “grill”, which you will understand when you order one.

3. Kushikatsu

Kushikatsu is a Japanese dish of deep fried skewered meat and vegetables, with the Shinsekai neighbourhood of Osaka considered as its birthplace. Kushikatsu seems to have originated here as a dish served to local workers who were looking for a quick snack during the busy workday. The Kushikatsu are usually dipped in a sauce before eating. However, there is a rule though, double dipping is big “no no” in a shared sauce container!

4. Kitsune Udon

Kitsune Udon by tokyodollnl

Kitsune Udon, is a noodle soup containing dashi stock made from scratch with dried bonito flakes and kombu seaweed, thick, chewy udon noodles and aburaage (sliced tofu) seasoned well with soy sauce, mirin, and sugar.  People usually eat the udon soup with toppings like narutomaki (fish cake), spring onions and spinach.

5. Horumon


Horumon is a grilled beef, pork or poultry offal dish originating from Osaka. This dish is usually served in teppan-yaki style (iron grill pan), Kushi-yaki style (grilled skewers) or barbecue style (Yakiniku) which was influenced by the Koreans.

Where to go for Osaka street food

Shinsekai Area

Address: Ebisuhigashi, Naniwaku, Osaka 556-0002, Osaka Prefecture
Info: http://www.osaka-info.jp/en/facilities/cat37/post_300.html

Dotonbori Area

Address: Dotonbori, Chuo Ward, Osaka, Osaka Prefecture 542-0071, Japan
Info: https://www.jnto.go.jp/eng/regional/osaka/dotonbori.html

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