Location: 2 Chome-4-1 Nipponbashi, Chuo Ward, Osaka, Osaka Prefecture 542-0073, Japan
Opening Hours: Most shops open at 9:00am and close by 5:00pm
Official Website: www.kuromon.com
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Navigation and Map: How to Get to Kuromon Ichiba Market
Kuromon is easily accessible by Osaka’s local subway. From Namba Station, take the Sennichimae Line towards Minamitatsumi, and get off at Nippombashi.
Kuromon Ichiba Market 黒門市場, Osaka: Top 10 Foods You Must Absolutely Eat on Your Visit
If Tokyo has its Tsukiji Market, Osaka has the Kuromon Ichiba Market to boast its status as “Japan’s Kitchen”. I’m not talking about the famous Takoyaki or Okonomiyaki, no, because at Kuromon Ichiba Market, it runs deeper than that. If you want to truly see a city’s capacity for great cuisine, you need to head to the local market. And this is where Kuromon Ichiba Market comes in.
To make the most out of your trip to Kuromon Ichiba Market, this article is for you. There’s no bells and whistles here. It’s all pure food, and totally fresh.
Without further ado, here are the top 10 foods you must ABSOLUTELY eat when in Kuromon Ichiba Market.
1. Wagyu Beef
Wagyu beef as street food? Shut the hell up. I’m not pulling anyone’s leg, but this has got to be one of the best Wagyu beef I’ve ever tried. For only 1400 yen, you can get 100 grams of Wagyu beef to chow on your own. Of course, why would share this with anyone? No need to snip the meat. That’s all tender-licious beef right there.
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I’m not talking about Uni in boxes. I’m talking about Uni still attached to its spiky shell. Just make sure you find the cheapest one, because some sell Uni way beyond its value. I got this beautiful baby for only 300 yen.
Didn’t I say everything here is fresh? Scallops – grilled and smoking hot – are served to you sweet and succulent. It’s the best there is.
Where else can you find the sweetest Persimmon fruits selling for only 1000 yen for 10 pieces? Only at Kuromon Ichiba Market. (There are also seedless Persimmons that are larger in size, and sell about 140 yen per piece.)
5. Steamed Squash
I love eating foods that are so simple. They don’t need to be seasoned, and this is where you can see that it all boils down to the best ingredients available. Kuromon Ichiba Market has steamed squash that are so sweet, it could pass as an everyday snack.
6. Crabs and Prawns
Everyone loves crabs, and whether you eat them at some nondescript stall or at Kuromon Sanpei, crabs are as fresh as it can be. Butterfly and tiger prawns are also freely available for you to chomp on. These are for the ultimate shrimp lovers.
Although slightly expensive starting at 2000 yen, Unagi at Kuromon Ichiba Market can be quite a delicacy. Word of caution: Some sell Unagi that are not originally from Japan and they can be cheaper in price. Choose the expensive ones ~ don’t worry, Japanese people won’t cheat.
8. Fatty Tuna Jaw
If you manage to find this delicacy, don’t let it go. It’s like salmon belly, times three in fat content! Love, love, love.
When in Japan, one must get Kaisen-don for breakfast. This array of fresh seafood is your ultimate sashimi sampler on a bed of rice. My recommendation? Always, always, always get a bowl with Ikura and Uni. I got this bowl for 1620 yen.
10. Baby Octopus
No one visiting Osaka misses the iconic Baby Octopus, almost the symbol for all travels, Osaka-bound. This cute bite contains a small quail egg inside.
It is best to bring loads of cash with you (at least 2,500 yen) when going on a food trip at Kuromon Ichiba Market. If you plan on buying fruits and vegetables, best to bring more cash.
Now, you can go beyond eating the usual Takoyaki and Okonomiyaki. At Kuromon Ichiba Market, you can afford to expand your tastebuds and experience Osaka’s culinary prowess. Remember, eat less to eat more. Happy food tripping!
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