While the hoards of tourists flock to teppan restaurants like Chibo and the more upmarket President Chibo, I much prefer to eat with the locals at Fukutaro in Namba.
This is down and dirty Osaka style street food – Okonomiyaki, Negiyaki, Yakisoba and other teppan classics. The atmosphere is sometimes raucous, the thick kansai-ben dialect spoken by the staff leaves you with no doubt that you are in downtown Osaka.
For those of you unfamiliar with Osaka street food, Okonomiyaki is a savoury pancake made from cabbage, and a batter primarily made from flour, dashi and eggs and topped with tasty Japanese barbeque sauce.
Negiyaki is made by replacing the cabbage with negi (or spring onions). All this is topped with a sweet barbeque style tare and some Japanese Kewpie mayo.
It takes skill to make perfect negiyaki – see how in our stop motion sequence.
Watch the video …
3-17 2-chome, Chuo-ku, Osaka Sennichimae
Also 8th floor Takashimaya Ebisubashi, Osaka
Do you prefer negiyaki or okonomiyaki?
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