There is no plan when we eat in Japan, we just walk around and try and find a restaurant that can house a group of poor uni students. One place we stumbled upon in Namba was だるま (Daruma) which sold kushikatsu, a famous fast food of Shinsekai. Kushikatsu is basically meat, seafood and vegetables on skewer, drenched in a a batter of flour and panko breadcrumbs and then deep-fried for that crispy taste.
As a bit of an entree we got edamame (salted soybeans). I may have an addiction with these, sometimes late at night I sit in my room by myself and eat a whole big box of these babies feeling no sense of shame whatsoever.
Kushikatsu felt like a deep fried kebab but replace the meat with some weird things. I shared the Hozenji set and yes you saw the description right, I had deep fried asparagus. It was … disgustingly nice, I’m still not sure how I feel about it still. I’m actually not quite sure what I ate, it seemed to be the luck of the draw but I guess deep fried anything is amazing. I really liked the quail eggs! Deep fried shrimp was so good, more crumbly and crispy than tempura prawns. The mochi one was a bit weird, felt a bit like eating gooey rubber.
Hozenji Set – Classic Kushikatsu, Asparagus, Quail Egg, Rice Cake (Mochi), All-natural Shrimp, Tonkatsu (Pork Cutlet), Chicken Meatball, Sausage Cheese and Chikuwa Fish Paste, Cheese, Sweet Potato, Karaage (Deep-Fried Chicken)
For dessert we had a green tea icecream sandwich. Smooth silky icecream with a bitter green tea flavour, followed by a crunchy wafer-like coating. Umm yumm right?
Green Tea Ice-Cream Sandwich
Deep fried fanatics – for freshly deep-fried bites, make your way to Japan now, this is your home boys and girls!