Korean Town in Tsuruhashi, Ikuno-Ward, Osaka, seems like one of the largest of the sort in Japan.
Absorbing the cheerful, downtown-like air of the Ikuno, the Korean Town was so lively and exciting, and anyone could enjoy the unique and exotic neighborhood. The large area is thoroughly looking like any other food street in Seoul or Busan, and I felt like I made an instant trip to Korea.
Every lane, particularly around the Tsuruhashi Station, has a myriad of street food stalls, and the most popular one seems to be a Korean Hot Dog (also known as cheese dog or corn dog). It is the hot dog coated in batter and deep-fried. The popular combination of condiments is ketchup, mustard, and sugar.
Korean Hot Dogs - Kirbie's Cravings
Other well-known delicacies are hotteok (Korean sweet pancakes,) tteokbokki, kimbap, and so on. Most of them are below 500 yen. That day we didn't have time to dine there as they seem to close early at around 6 PM, so I look forward to enjoying the savory flavors lined up on the street next time I visit.
My niece-in-law, like any other Indian girl nowadays, is crazy for the Korean idol groups. For such K-pop fans also, the town serves the perfect location for them to browse through the pictures and posters of their favorite Korean stars.
You can completely immerse yourself in the food and pop culture of South Korea without visiting the country!
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