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Octopus Balls

So when you travel Shinkansen you don’t really get any travel days to chill & catch up since it’s so fast. On one trip we went up a little rise and I thought we were taking off.

Today the Shinkansen brought us to Osaka where we will spend the next few days, we arrived around midday but weren’t offered early check in so we ditched our bags to explore our new neighbourhood. We stumbled across a small restaurant selling Chinese, no English menu but the lady was so helpful & spoke enough English (honestly some of these little 6 table places hidden where the locals know where to find them have been the best meals). I had what I think was the best fried rice I’ve had in a long time, even ate it with chopsticks, I must have done well cause I think the lady complimented me on it. We did eventually get to check in time and were thankful for a few hours chilling.

One thing we thought we should try in Osaka is Tako-yaki or as we refer to them octopus balls. They are a doughy dumpling stuffed with octopus (I pulled mine out I find octopus here to be like eating rubber) that are grilled in special made moulds. They are molten hot in the centre & a little gooey but you they were kinda alight.



We brought a Japanese gin to try only to find they don’t actually have tonic here, there’s an ingredient in there that they don’t like yet you can buy a premix....go figure. After googling we found what we thought was tonic but it’s not the same.


This is the view from our hotel, probably the only night we’ve seen the sunset we’re usually crashed out exhausted by then.

Posted by ChristieA 02:42 Archived in Japan Tagged food japan train

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