This month, we featured snacks from the historic city of Osaka 大阪!
Osaka (大阪) is the second largest city in Japan. It’s known for the beautiful Osaka castle in the middle of the city, but is also known to be the “nation’s kitchen”.
Osaka has historically been a merchant town and the center for rice trading. This has helped Osaka become a major foodie city and some of the most iconic Japanese comfort foods originated in Osaka.
There are more places to eat per square foot than anywhere else in the world in the famous Dotonbori district of Osaka. Even the famous Japanese snack company Glico (the makers of Pocky) started in Osaka. This month, we bring you just a sliver of the flavors that Osaka has to offer.
Tako Patiss (たこパティエ)
Takoyaki is one of the most iconic street foods of Japan. They are balls of savory dough wrapped around a piece of octopus, then topped with delicious sauce. You can find them all over Japan, especially at festivals, but they originated in Osaka. Now, thanks to the famous Hyogetsudo snack shop in Osaka, you can enjoy the flavor of takoyaki in a bite-sized snack!
Takoyaki from Osaka
Osaka Choco Egg (大阪チョコたまご)
Bite sized cakes in the shape of an egg, covered with white chocolate. These are super popular in Osaka and you’ll be coming back for more!
Osaka Molasses Kinako Mochi (大阪黒蜜きなこ餅)
This unique mochi is covered in kinako (roasted soybean flour) and filled with black molasses. It’s handmade by a local snack vendor in Osaka.
Mayo Senbei (マヨおかき)
Mayonnaise is widely used in a lot of food in Osaka. Japanese mayo is a bit different than your typical mayo in a few ways. Japanese mayo is made from only the egg yolk, whereas regular mayo uses the whole egg. Japanese mayo also uses rice vinegar compared to distilled vinegar for regular mayo. This makes Japanese mayo lighter, airier, and creamier. These senbei are made using locally produced Japanese mayo.
Caramel Pudding Cake (大阪キャラメルプリンケーキ)
These bite-sized cakes won the prestigious Monde Gold Award in 2014. They are made by a small family owned snack store which was established in 1924. All of their snacks are made by hand using the original recipes from when the store first opened.
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