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Old 04-03-2015, 04:05 PM   #61
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Moar FOOD...!

This time round, went to Osaka (JAL transfer via Haneda) and return to SG from Tokyo Narita

Stayed at Hotel Bali Tower @ Tennoji in Osaka, Hotel is only 5 mins walk from JR Tennoji station with quite a few eateries that open till late at night.


i've tried a number of Takoyaki...those with long queue and those with not so long queue... and frankly... my favorite is the one i ate in Shinseikai.

It's a small stall along the main

street and right beneath the signboard of the bigger restaurant -



I've had the mentaiko one


These had a slight crunch on the outside and creamy on the inside. It doesn't "deflate" , cuz the rest i had "deflates" by the time i got to the 3rd one

It just taste better then the rest i had.

Had my kushikatsu here,



but it's my first meal after checking into the hotel..... the food went into my mouth before the thought of taking pics came into mind
Your pics always temp me hahah
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Old 04-03-2015, 04:10 PM   #62
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Over at



I came across this stall selling bbq beef innards




I was kinda surprised that the sauce tasted kinda "nutty" , sweet and salty. It's tasty and doesn't have the usual taste we expect with innards.

Further exploration in the area brought me to -



with a cosy interior (ash trays on every table)


It's actually a steak house and my late lunch set of 200gm x 2 sets only cost me 5K...... only know that cuts of beef and that it's locally produced beef. Ain't sure about the type/location of the beef.

And all in all, well worth the calories.
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Old 04-03-2015, 04:25 PM   #63
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Strolling down



It's the usual market place atmosphere , with sights of food everywhere...
Then it was this shop that drew me in.



Fishmongers busy at the rear, with a window partitioned from the main shop. front end is all the seafood lying around, in supermarket style, begging to be let into my mouth.

there's a sitting area of around 10 tables, for me to buy them and let them into my mouth straight after paying





The ebi... squeaked in delight when i took my first bite



And of cuz... my buddy tuna to complete the aquarium collection in my stomach



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Old 04-03-2015, 04:32 PM   #64
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Your pics always temp me hahah


No woman no cry.. no food i will die....

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Old 04-03-2015, 04:42 PM   #65
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Over at Kuromon, i came across stalls selling food like these -







Don't waste the calories... it's like sheet



Over in tokyo, i went to Tonki (@ meguro ) thinking that it'll be the "Star food" of my trip..... but i was wrong

Seemingly not crowded when it opened at 4pm.... peaceful sight at the store front



But once inside, it's a different story


People waiting comfortably behind diners waiting for their turn. They have seating available upstairs but the queue crawling along the stairs


The food -


Not oily, not very crunchy but the meat is tender (dependant on your choice of cut - total 3 type of cuts available). taste is great




The KFC there has something on the menu SG do not have, the Bistro Hamburg...which uses beef cum pork patty..!



The burger isn't as big as the picture , but it's delicious and claimed to be using local produced meat for the patty.



I'm not sure if it's a practice for all the KFC outlet in japan, but the outlet in tokyo dome has a window showing the "chefs" in the kitchen preparing all the chicken. And the process starts with coating bare raw chicken with the various spices etc....

then i noticed the sign "freshly prepared" in the restaurant. The chicken i had , indeed taste better and definitely different from other KFC i've eaten. Worth a try if you're there
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Old 04-03-2015, 05:04 PM   #66
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The "Star food" of my trip has to be this




Located just opposite Tokyo Dome, along the street where Don Quijote store is.


the HUGE menu standing on the table




I've ordered the mixed platter for 2




The platter comes with 2 of this, Oysters that tasted sweet literally..... without any sauce added. Juice flows with every bite... i really wonder how it's made.




Next on the platter is this, pork/onion/pumpkin hybrid katsu... lol
Same as the oyster... juice overflowed..!




The A5 grade beef....




There's also 2 of the ebi croquette on the platter that i didn't snap a pic of.

The dragon of the plate (size of 1.5 of my palm) is left for last.... it's head crunches thru with ease and just one word "yum"




Guess what... all these (without rice) plus 1 of their inhouse brewed beer only cost me <8k

money damn well spent.

btw, the interior of this restaurant is really unique, gives me a sense of being inside a huge tree trunk. regrets for not taking a few pics
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Old 13-02-2016, 12:38 AM   #67
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Food.. glorious food...!!

This time round, stayed in osaka with 2 days day trip to kyoto and 1 day to Kobe/Arashiyama .

My first hit after checking in -

Takoyaki topped with Spring Onions of joy with an onsen egg on top




Walking down the buzzing river, i suddenly caught a whiff of those sweet smelling melon pan...funny, didn't remember any place selling melon pan in dontobori.

Followed the smell and i went into the embrace of this hot melon pan filled with vanilla ice cream!






To end the day early with a sumptuous dinner of kickass ramen is on my agenda. And here i am, found myself slurping down this bowl of ramen top with a big slab of soft bones port rib.

The bones literally melts but the flesh is still intact with the required texture that keeps you wanting more

ps: btw, this stall is just 5 mins away from ichiran. Would suggest you guys to try this instead of joining the touristy queue.

One nice touch is that 1 get to order one bowl to share among 2 pax.



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Old 13-02-2016, 12:53 AM   #68
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Just when i thought i could walk off some calories, along shinsaibashi... i came across this



And the cold cold weather, tempted me to have something warm to heat up my body





I blame the weather for this gluttony


Blardy hell, shortly after the lobster bisque... walking further down , near GU stall, i smell something nice again. Followed the smell again.. and was greeted with a queue -



50% discount!! on what?? Ta...da... these mini croissants



since it's mini, i just went ahead. Bought some ate some...




But still glad i did.
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Old 13-02-2016, 01:01 AM   #69
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These days, been kinda obsessed with mineral water. Both carbonated and non-carbonated type. a pity that the selection ain't great in SG

Over there, had these 2 zero calories indulgence -






Before i flew to japan, i'll always check out their fast food menu for anything new. Saw that KFC is having these fried ebi on their menu and very naturally, i seek out the nearest KFC and had a go. AND it's really meh.... kinda disappointing





And sad to know that the Bistro burger ain't on the menu anymore...


Oh well, at least Yoshinoya's winter's menu cheered me up a little



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Sad to see that you also got cheated by KFCs fried prawn. Ebi fry in any supermarket tastes better than this piece of junk. KFC boneless hot & spicy chicken is nice though.
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Old 13-02-2016, 10:03 AM   #71
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Sad to see that you also got cheated by KFCs fried prawn. Ebi fry in any supermarket tastes better than this piece of junk. KFC boneless hot & spicy chicken is nice though.
Yeah man... I had such high hope.... But when i first held it up n the ebi fry is "limping" ..my disappointment set in...
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Old 14-02-2016, 05:56 PM   #72
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Over at Kobe, tucked in a small corner right in front of the Chinatown's west gate.

I had filled my beef craving at Yazawa West



Instead of the usual tenpanyaki style, this place served the moomoo western style that comprise of salad, soup then the main plus a bowl of rice

The potato soup



The main



You get to choose the size, cut and even the type of beef you want. The restaurant is deco-ed with tons of trophies. It's nice to try but don't think i'll be returning cuz it's not that special / different from other reputable restaurant which can satisfy your craving at a lower price.


At a supermarket, came across this white strawberry the size of an apple... didn't try it though.




Right over at Namba city, decided to go to Ryukishin for my ramen fill. My first time and it's surprisingly good.

They serve sio base ramen have 2 types of soup to choose from, clear or white. Tried both and both is really good.


White base soup which is actually foamy



Clear soup , and can actually get to taste a hint of lemony zest. Refreshing , tasty and not dull




It's a great choice compared to the much hyped Ippudo , which has a stall nearby as well.
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Old 14-02-2016, 06:14 PM   #73
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In kyoto, this is a die die must try sweet treats that's under-rated compared to the others much talked about treats.

It practically melts in your mouth! tinge of sweetness that ain't over powering the peanut/matcha powder.

Though, if you purchase the pack, you'll have to slice it up yourself and powder the mochi yourself. It's quite a challenge trying to cut it with the included wooden tools



And of cuz, when in kyoto, how not to even try their soba and sweet fish. Best if both comes together in a bowl




My day in kyoto ended with dinner over at Kyoto station, with deep fried food . Much sins but heck, i just order the sets without rice and bank on their free flow salad. Makes me feel less guilty.



Odered 1 mixed platter


And since weather is cold, a simmering hot "katsudon" without the rice but with some soup. Nom nom nom
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Old 14-02-2016, 10:06 PM   #74
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Took a day trip to view Nabana Sato winter illumination over at Nagashima. Prior to the garden, made a stop over at Nagashima resort which is also one of mitsui outlet mall.

Had my lunch over at one of their 2 food courts. Food is really meh except for this pork chop




One of the nights, also made my way to Umeda sky building and went to their basement food street to try out kiji Okonomiyaki and also their yakisoba.

Was kinda expecting it to taste the same, like any other places but i must say that it's really good and somewhat different in terms of taste.




One random restaurant at Namba walk, this omurice drenched in cheese cum spinach sauce. Heard that it's a winter edition dish. yummy



Over at KIX, went on to try Boteju. Not sure if it's the same as the Botehju over at Tokyo which i've had some awesome katsu as this only serves Okonomiyaki, Takoyaki, Yakisoba Yakiudon etc etc

Ordered their Okonomiyaki, Takoyaki plus their special salad

Their Okonomiyaki & takoyaki is really meh... regretted ordering them. But WOW their special salad is really delicious! No wonder it's highlighted on the first page of their menu

The meh Okonomiyaki & Takoyaki



Their POWER salad! really damn delicious. No idea how the hell they made it.




Btw, if you come across any "pasar malam" and saw this so called "crab stick"... don't bother... save your 500yen.... it's just crab flavored fish cake. Heck i don't even think it's fish cake, maybe just some starch cake

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Old 15-02-2016, 02:31 PM   #75
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omigod thanks for the pics and the food. moi planning to go osaka kobe and kyoto coming april
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