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Breakfast in the kitchen of Osaka

If you love the idea of eating your way around a city while hearing stories about its culture, a breakfast tour of Kuromon market is for you…

By Yiling Chio
Translator, food and art lover & one of Alfred&’s guides in Japan

Breakfast in the kitchen of Osaka

If you love the idea of eating your way around a city while hearing stories about its culture, a breakfast tour of Kuromon market is for you – there’s a good reason it’s called ‘the kitchen of Osaka’! There are so many stalls, though, that you need a knowledgeable guide to help you; otherwise you’ll never get beyond the ‘I love what I’m eating, but have no idea what it is’ stage.

Everyone loves snacking through the market, stall by stall, and hearing that every single food has a story that ties in with the way of life in Japan. My favourite bit of the trip is when everyone gets to cook their own takoyaki – grilled dumplings stuffed with octopus that are a local speciality. Some people are nervous, others are full of confidence, but everyone walks away with their bellies and hearts filled with the warmth of Osaka. Almost every family in the city owns a takoyaki grill pan, and thanks to this experience clients have a sense of what it feels like to be a local.

This tour goes in depth about the food process. What does food really mean in this city with a slogan of ‘eat until you drop’? What are you really eating, and what role does it serve in the hearts of the locals? How long has this establishment been here, and what has changed – or not changed – over time? And what does it feel like to be your own takoyaki chef?

There’s one last thing to mention. We named it a breakfast tour, but you can also do it for lunch if that makes you happy…

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Alfred & Yiling Chio

Yiling – or Rinrin, as she’s sometimes known – was born in Singapore, but her love of travel and sense of adventure led her to a life in Japan. She began by taking visitors around Kyoto and Osaka for fun, but the positive feedback she received encouraged her to turn to guiding on a more permanent basis. Yiling has a passion for exploring every nook and cranny of a city and describes herself as ‘a walking GPS’ for Osaka and Kyoto.

Alfred&

Your journey will start with one of our UK team – someone like Malcolm, who's travelled extensively in Japan. They’ll shape your ideas into the trip of a lifetime. But they won't do it alone. They'll draw on the expertise of our contacts on the ground, connecting you to the people who'll make your holiday one you'll always remember - the tea devotee who'll introduce you to the ceremony surrounding Japan's national drink, the noodle guru who'll teach you how to make the perfect bowl of soba and the ryokan owner who'll tutor you in the relaxing art of the onsen.

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