Osaka is known as Japan's kitchen and naturally right after getting off from our red-eye flight, we scoured the streets for Japanese street food. (Thankfully our hotel was right by Shinsaibashi (Namba Train Station) so we could drop off our bags first.)
If you know anything about Osaka, one of their most well known streets is Dotonbori in Shinsaibashi and their most well-known (and originator) street food is takoyaki. Taykoayki is deep fried octopus balls (or basically deep fried batter with octopus bits inside) and generally has Japanese mayo and edible wooden bits (not exactly sure what it is but it's the brown flakes) on top. There are a number of stalls that sell takoyaki in Dotonbori but after researching a bit online, Creo-Ru seemed the most popular so we went and lined up with everyone else.
The workers here are pro takoyaki ball flippers. It actually takes quite a lot of skill to flip a mushy ball with two sticks and they have to handle around a 100 takoyakis at once.
A worker comes out to greet customers in the line and takes their order to speed up the process since they usually have at least 10-15 people waiting at a time. It's okay if you don't know Japanese, their menus have full pictures and with the amount of tourists they get, they've picked up a few words or two in at least 3 different languages.
From the time that the takoyakis are placed into the styrofoam box and placed into your hands it probably only takes about 5 seconds so takoyakis are fresh and still super hot. The takoyaki here are much softer and more mushy? It's not the hard stuff that i'm used to eating and the octopus bits are softer as well. I love how the softer batter on the outside soaks up all the sauce and flakey bits because of how hot the takoyaki is still. My biggest regret is not having time on the last day to go for another round before my flight ):
After the takoyaki (and quite possibly all the other food stalls beside it) take a walk along the river that's behind all the main street. It's a little quieter here where you can take it easy and get a chance to digest everything that you've eaten!
One of my other favourite things about Japan is their covered streets. It's a pedestrian only street that runs through the central part of each city and there's a top covering so you won't need to worry if it rains! The only con was that my google maps didn't work very well when I was inside a covered street. The Shinsaibashi covered street has many, many shops so be sure to spend at least an afternoon exploring here! (Just a friendly remind that shops don't open until 10 or 11am, so it's okay to sleep in a bit..)
1-6-4 Dotonbori Chuo-Ku, Osaka