Daruma (だるま ), Osaka

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.

Daruma Kushikatsu

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.

Daruma Kushikatsu

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

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!



2 comments for “Daruma (だるま ), Osaka

  1. October 22, 2012 at 8:24 pm

    Kushikatsu!! I think Daruma is one of the most famous and best places for kushikatsu – the one in Shinsekai always has really long lines! Awesome post and pics, you make them all look appetizing! =D

    • October 22, 2012 at 9:28 pm

      Damnnn I didn’t know it was that famous! It was quite empty when we went in but it might be because we went to the namba one. Haha thank youuuu for the kind comments! Btw I still keep referring back to your blog for things to do/see in Japan, I love it!

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