Osaka’s nickname, tenka no daidokoro (the nation’s kitchen) came about when the city was Japan’s main hub in the rice trade hundreds of years ago, but if anything, the name is even more apt today. The fresh ingredients used in Osaka dishes make them truly excellent: seafood comes from nearby Osaka Bay and the Seto Inland Sea, vegetables from surrounding farmlands. With such a tempting cuisine, it’s no wonder that the other phrase associated with Osaka is kuidore, to bankrupt yourself spending money on food and drink.
Visiting Japan might be difficult right now, but when you next find yourself in Osaka, these are the ten food items and dishes you have to try.
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