Osaka is Japan’s third-largest city, but it ranks first as a food destination -- even to those who call Tokyo or Kyoto home. Here, street food abounds (thanks in part to Osaka’s roots as a merchant city), and the most popular item to try is takoyaki. Deep-fried balls traditionally filled with sliced octopus, ginger, spring onions, and tempura crumbs, these snacks run cheap and can be found at vendor stalls throughout the city. Wanaka’s takoyaki is one of the most popular, with several locations around the city -- but be prepared to wait in a long line. Osaka is also known for its okonomiyaki, which literally translates to “as you like it,” a savory pancake that can be customized with any fillings you like, from vegetables to seafood and meat. At Okaru, the chef will personalize your dish even further, with a mayo doodle drizzled on top of each pancake. Last, udon noodles, rather than soba, are the more popular choice in Osaka, so be sure to try them in a bowl of kitsune udon, a brothy soup that originated here before taking over the country.
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