It's early evening and we're ready for a spot of shopping after a quick freshen up. Our hotel is literally 5 minutes walk to the shopping area in Namba with plenty of restaurants around.
I'm sheep and wait in line patiently for my turn to get my hands on one. They are literally baked and churned out as fast as they can so there is a little waiting time, but if you've ever tried Japanese cotton cheesecake you'll know just how worth it, it is.
It has the taste of a Western cheesecake, that lovely sweet cheesy tang, but the texture is that of a super soft and cottony sponge cake. Honestly, one of the best cakes out there in the world.
The cute bearded face is imprinted on the cakes as they come out of the oven. Don't they just look so perfect, round and fluffy? These ones had raisins at the bottom. As soon as I got my box, I had to tear a piece to eat straightaway. It was still piping hot, and had the softest texture ever!
It was a pretty good Japanese cotton cheesecake, but I have to say the recipe I use is even better than this one. I promise I will share it one day on here! The cake completely made up for the bad lunch (I really was in mourning over that lost meal opportunity to eat amazing food) and we were ready for dinner.
Dropped our shopping and cake back to the hotel and headed straight out to our favourite Dotonbori.
Okonomyaki is an Osaka food, just like takoyaki and we're super keen to try it at the famous Mizuno which is located in a covered shopping strip just by the green dragon ramen shop we saw on our first night in Osaka. There's quite a queue for it even though we are early, but we're prepared to wait and work up a healthy appetite.
Okonomyaki is a savoury pancake or pizza, filled with shredded cabbage and a variety of meat from pork, bacon to seafood. I've made it many times at home and for dinner parties, and it's always a hit. You can easily make Okonomiyaki at home with the right ingredients too.
Our okonomiyaki hits the spot! It's nicely sweet and savoury as well as being super filling. The mayo and BBQ sauce on top does get a little sickly towards to end, but overall, it's pretty good. This is the beginning of okonomiyaki obsession once I'm back home in London.
The flesh is so incredibly sweet and succulent, whilst being on the barbie gave it a delicious smoky flavour. G is not a fan of crab, though he did give it a small bite. More for me!
After a last wander down Dotonbori, we hop on the metro and head over to the old town of Shinsekai.
And this ends our short but super sweet trip to Osaka. Osaka, we love you! We'll be back one day. We're sad to be leaving, but our next and final Japan adventure awaits.
Next stop Miyako, Okinawa.
Next stop Miyako, Okinawa.
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