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What is takoyaki and how it is made in Osaka

Osaka people are very proud of their snack-like traditional food called "takoyaki". The word itself has been derived from the Japanese tako ( タコ、蛸 ) , which means octopus and the word yaku ( やく、焼く ) , which means to fry or grill.


You can find it at many places of the city, and serves as a great Japanese fast food. Takoyaki is basically a ball shaped flour and wheat based batter stuffed with tiny octopus. The enhance the flavor usually fine cut onion, mayonnaise, takoyaki sauce ( similar to Worcestershire sauce) and pickled ginger is added on the top. It is cooked in a special takoyaki frying pan that has ball shaped holes and the chef rotates them with metal sticks. Takoyaki is not only delicious but is a representative food that one definitely has to try while visiting Osaka, in addition it is sold on a reasonable price. ...

Japan cheap eat-outs 1

If you are looking for something to eat and don't want to spend you whole daily budget on it, then Onsen-Tamanegi-Toro-Don( 温泉卵ネギトロ丼 ) is for you!


This is a rice based hot meal that is enjoyed by thousands of Japanese every day. The common name "Don" (丼) covers many kinds of such a food that has rice in the bottom. The one on the image is covered by raw tuna, sliced onion, pickled ginger and half-boiled egg. It as a very exotic taste due to the dried seaweed added. ...

Japan cheap eat-outs 2

If you are looking for something to eat and don't want to spend you whole daily budget on it, then Niku-Udon( 肉うどん ) is for you!


This is a rice noodle based hot meal that is enjoyed by thousands of Japanese every day. The common name "Udon" (うどん) covers many kinds of such a food. ...

Pad Thai

Pad Thai is a well know Thai noodle, that is a must-try when you are in Thailand.


It is based on rice noodles and there are at least ten to fifteen ingredients, such as peanuts, soy sauce, egg, red pepper, lime, prawn, chicken breast, soy beans. ...

Cheap eat-out in Bangkok [ range 1-2$ ]

Fried minced pork on rice with egg is something that you should stick to if you are on a budget.


I have had this really nice meal in the outskirts of Bangkok, where there was no single word in English on the menu and nobody could speak English in the restaurant. In the same time the dish was perfect and reasonably priced ( 30-40 thai baht with a drink ). ...

Pineapple fried rice on Phuket beach, Thailand

Pineapple fried rice is a representative Thai food, that you need to try, if you go to Thailand. It is the best if served in a real pineapple.


We have had this really nice meal on the beach of Phuket where there are really nice restaurants, with nice atmosphere. ...

Turkish Nazar Restaurant in Osaka

Almost any kind of food can be found in Osaka. Turkish dishes are not exemptions either. The place on the pictures is in the Shinsaibashi ( 心斎橋 ) district of Osaka. Usually there is a huge Turkish flag hanging outside and you need to go upstairs to get to the restaurant itself. It is not difficult to locate the place. For convenience I have included a map below.


As soon as we get to the first floor, we can find perfect Middle East atmosphere with Turkish people, dishes and music. The waiters speak some English so even if you do not speak Japanese you can order food easily. ...