Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Our Favorite Kuromon Market Food Finds from Osaka

When in Europe, I used to look for Market Day and plan my trips around them. Flea and Antique Markets that is. That's where I started up my Victorian Mobile Charm Collection that just kept growing and growing, plus it's entertaining to browse through the junk of others. 

It has only been recently that we have started hunting for food markets as well... but when in Japan, the food market is something that you definitely should not miss! You can read my post on Kyoto's Nishiki Market here.

In Osaka, the Kuromon Market, which we like going to, is walking distance from the Namba area where we normally stay. 

The things you should check out in the Kuromon Market include:

1. Fugu (Puffer Fish Vendors)
More to look than to buy, Puffer Fish is highly poisonous if not prepared well, just watch the Bart Simpson episode where this was featured. Hahaha.

2. Highly seasonal, but if you come in Spring/ Sakura Season - The Strawberries should not be missed!
They range in price from expensive to very expensive (especially for the bigger ones that smell and taste like peach) but trying them at least once is absolutely worth it! This time the price ranges from reasonable to super expensive. 

3. Sushi and Sashimi... especially Fatty Tuna (go for Otoro - it's the fattiest part) for the win!
Look for Kuromon 38, they have a huge assortment, you can choose from ready packed or ask them to prepare it for you, and they a seating area and some standing tables too.

Yes, that's 53,000+ YEN!!!

It was so good we went back twice!!! And we would have probably gone back more if we stayed longer.

4. Try the Giant Scallops (they have other varieties of giant shellfish too)
Just pick the size you want, then they clean, season and grill it with a generous amount of butter.

5. Other Food Highlights - that looked interesting but we didn't get a chance to try include

Tempura Store

Soft Shell Crab Burger

Kobe Beef which they will cook for you on the spot

Katsu Curry Place

They also have a candy store.

They have a big eating area with free wifi and toilets. They got all the essentials right.

6. Shopping wise, these are the interesting stores:

We saw a store selling everything people left on the train. 

The usual 100 yen shop where Sofia even treated me to this fish flag since I'm the tour leader in our family and my mom calls me hitler.

Lastly, the also have a Vintage/ Second Hand Kimono Store that you can visit. You can get a nice Kimono for a steal. You can read my post on that here. I myself have managed to score a real kimono (which I have already used) and a classy black Kimono blouse.

Happy Market Shopping. just saying.

Kuromon Market
Japan, 〒542-0073 Osaka Prefecture, 
Osaka, Chuo Ward, 
Nipponbashi, 2 Chome−4−1
Open Daily 9am-6pm

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