Osaka’s Kuromon-Ichiba Market

Osaka’s Kuromon-Ichiba Market

Photo credit Mr. Misadventures (Click for a LARGER view.)

After five days in Kyoto we headed to Osaka on the regional train.  I didn’t know what to expect of Osaka, quite frankly I had spent most of my time researching Kyoto.  Osaka was mainly a transition point for us as that is where we flew in and out of.

After two and a half-days in Osaka I have come to the conclusion that it is a mini-Tokyo.  I apologize to all my friends in Tokyo and anyone in Osaka who might be offended by that statement, that was just my impression.

Osaka Shopping

Osaka – loud, crowded and noisy…

Compared to the relative calm and peacefulness of Kyoto, Osaka was frenetic.  Loud, bright, crowded, again like Tokyo.  Don’t get me wrong, I love Tokyo.  It was a matter of sequence.  If I were to ever repeat my trip I would visit Osaka first and then head to Kyoto.

One thing I did love about Osaka was Kuromon-Ichiba Market.  Like Nishiki, it was just what a foodie needs.  Food experiences for miles.  New things to try, look at, touch, taste and of course, people watch.  Like Kyoto, we ate nearly all our meals in and around this market.

For instance, we didn’t eat much sushi in Kyoto, it is just not something they have a lot of, they are more focused on seasonal foods and vegetables.  With the river, their focus is on other preparations of fish and seafood.  It’s there, but not in huge quantities.  So when we saw this little “shop” servings huge bowls of tuna from different parts of the fish (magura, toro, etc) for $20, we couldn’t get our butts in one of the 5 seats fast enough!

Sashimi at Osaka’s Kuromon-Ichiba Market

Photo credit Mr. Misadventures (Click for a LARGER view.)

The shop is a fish stall that happens to serve food – the sashimi is basically scraps from what they are butchering – damn good scraps and damn cheap.

Sashimi at Osaka’s Kuromon-Ichiba Market

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$20 may not sound cheap, but we shared the bowl and with the amount they gave us, it would be double in San Francisco!

Sashimi at Osaka’s Kuromon-Ichiba Market

This would be $40 or more in San Francisco – it is just a big pile of very expensive tuna pieces

Most of the time we just grazed.  Stopping here and there to pick up “snacks” as we went.

Oden Osaka’s Kuromon-Ichiba Market

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Seriously there wasn’t anything we didn’t love!

Osaka’s Kuromon-Ichiba Market

Photo credit Mr. Misadventures (Click for a LARGER view.)

Well maybe this guy. This is Shioyaki, which is grilled sea bream (I think) and is saltier than all get out.

Shioyaki Osaka’s Kuromon-Ichiba Market

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But otherwise who doesn’t love fresh cooked scallops or baby octopus or in the far right corner, Takoyaki which is a snack with a piece of octopus in the middle.

Scallops Osaka’s Kuromon-Ichiba Market

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If you are thinking, “what’s with all this fish, I need something substantial!” then the market has you covered as well.  Pick out your Kobe steak and have it on your plate in 5 minutes!  No middleman restauranteur here, you get it straight from the butcher!

Kobe Osaka’s Kuromon-Ichiba Market

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Of course there are plenty of vegetables as well.  They have them preserved in miso paste like we saw in Kyoto.

Vegetables in Miso Paste Osaka’s Kuromon-Ichiba Market

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Or fresh like these shishito peppers which I love (School restaurant here in San Francisco has the best ones – along with there Eryngii fries!)

Shishito peppers Osaka’s Kuromon-Ichiba Market

The two days we were in Osaka we ate at least one meal at Kuromon-Ichiba.  Eating in and around food markets is one of my favorite ways to explore a city’s food scene.  Plus it is fresh and far more inexpensive than a lot of traditional restaurants.  For us it is a win-win.

Address: 2-4-1, Nippombashi, Chuo-ku Osaka-shi, Osaka, 542-0073
Public Transportation: Near the Nippombashi Station on the Osaka Municipal Subway Sakaisuji Line (K17) or Sennichimae Line (S17) OR from the Kintetsu Nippombashi Station on the Kintetsu Namba Line or Kintetsu Nara Line.

How about you? Do visit food markets at home or during your travels?

Comments

  1. Shannon says:

    What gorgeous food and $20 isn’t bad at all considering you can share it with others at your table.

  2. Massimiliano Maruca says:

    it’s really cheap.

  3. Pam Shepherd says:

    The Food Looks So Good..

  4. Everything looks so yummy! I’d love to visit it some day. Wonderful photos!

  5. What an amazing post – I love the whole grazing way of eating, specially when traveling! Everything looks so good – and preserving veggies in miso paste? Yes please!

  6. a foodie dream!!

  7. WOW! The food looks amazing!! My husband wouldn’t share that big bowl of tuna – we would eat it all and be in heaven!

  8. Beautiful photos as always!!! This is my dream day! Love grazing through a market! Beautiful photos too! Mouthwatering!
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  9. What a great ‘taste’ you’ve shared of the local flavor! Cheap sashimi sounds like a dream to me. YUM!
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  10. My husband would be in food heaven here, especially over that tuna! I’ve never seen such huge tuna steaks before, wow. Great article!
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  11. That market looks amazing! I love to visit local markets on our trips, so much fun seeing what they have!
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    • Andi Fisher says:

      @Amanda, markets are an amazing place to explore local foods and I can’t think of a better way to enjoy any place.

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