One of the best things about travelling in Japan is trying the local specialities. So here’s a round-up of what I sampled on my last trip to Kansai!
Firstly while just getting to Kansai there was Ekiben (station lunchbox) of fried rice and wontons –
And arriving at Osaka I had to eat the classic Takoyaki (octopus balls) with a bit of a different spin, served in a light broth –
The Takoyaki was from this festive shop along Dotombori –
Eating out in Osaka also included Kushiage (fried things on sticks) –
Mexican with a friend –
Mystery Chinese –
And a Yum Cha set –
And moving from Chinese to Chinatown in Kobe, I had some Cha Siu Men –
Before stopping for some fruit tart from a french cafe near Kobe’s old foreigner’s quarter –
And continuing with sweets, in Kyoto I found soft serve ice cream with Yatsubashi (a hard cinnamon cookie) –
Shu cream (cream puff) made with real vanilla and sprinkled Yatsubashi on top –
And Mizuame (water candy) which is very similar to corn syrup according to wikipedia –
And finally some Unagi-don (eel rice bowl) served with sesame tofu at Mt Koya to keep up my stamina –
Yes, I think I did gain 5kg on this trip….