Wednesday, July 9, 2008

Bye-Bye Kuidaore Taro

Hi! This morning, I saw on TV that Osaka's famous restaurant Cui-daore has closed on July 8th!
Cui-daore was a massive eight-story restaurant with a different Osaka cuisine on each floor. Actually, Kuidaore Taro (a mechanical drum-playing clown - he has a younger brother called Kuidaore Jiro, which looks the same) in front of Cui-daore is even more famous! It is kind of a landmark of Osaka!
In 2006, when we visited my boyfriend's home, we stopped by at Osaka for sightseeing and took a picture in front of it ;)

Speaking of Osaka, it is very famous for Takoyaki!
Takoyaki is a popular Japanese dumpling made of batter, diced octopus, tempura scraps (tenkasu), pickled ginger, konnyaku, and green onion, topped with okonomiyaki sauce, green laver (aonori), mayonnaise, and katsuobushi (fish shavings).
There are many street vendors selling Takoyaki around Dotonbori area, so it is hard to tell which one is good! They all say Japan's best!

Also, there is a Haagen-Dazs shop in Dotonbori where you can eat Takoyaki shaped ice cream puffs! Those come in 6 different flavors, which is pretty cool!!!

Someday, I want to visit Osaka again.

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  1. Hi Ochi,

    Very sad to see familiar landmarks go. We've had so many landmark stores including one I worked for many years close down in the past couple years. Lovely picture of you in front of the restaurant!

    You do share much of your culture through your interest in food. Takoyaki sounds so good, I love
    calimari. I also love tempura my mom taught me to make with shredded cabbage and carrot. I have to make some! :)

  2. Hello jo!

    I was going to visit your blog, but thanks for coming!

    Same as my workplace! I used to work at Japanese restaurants in NY & CT but both closed down after 911. Also, the city is changing rapidly! When we went there, many shops and restaurants weren't there anymore... We bought the latest guide book, but it was already out of date :(

    Shredded cabbage sounds delicious! That tempura is called Kakiage! I like Kakiage with shredded burdock root. Also, sliced onion goes good! Great that you can make tempura!


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