Japan Day 3, Osaka: Kuromon Ichiba Market, Instant Noodle Museum and Pom Pom Purin Cafe!

Wednesday, 10 August 2016

Day 1: Singapore  ➤ Osaka ➤ Dotonbori ➤ Orange Street
Day 2: Universal Studios Japan ➤ Gudetama Cafe

For Day 3, we visited Osaka's Kuromon Ichiba Market, Instant Noodle Museum and Pom Pom Purin Cafe! Here are the quick snapshot of the places we visited:

Kuromon Ichiba Market 黒門市場
Kuromon Ichiba Market is Osaka's oldest and biggest fresh food market. Many Osaka professional chefs and restaurants get their supplies of fresh seafood from here, so be assured that quality here is top notch!

More on Kuromon Ichiba Market in a separate post (coming soon!)

Momofuku Instant Noodle Museum インスタントラーメン発明記念館
This museum is special because it gives insight on the history of the popular instant ramen, how it was created and also, you can participate in making your very own packet of instant noodles! We had a really fun time here, so it's definitely a place you can consider visiting when you're in Osaka.

Hakata Ippudo Ramen 一風堂 池田店
Of course, after a whole day of learning how to make our own instant noodles, we were hungry and wanted another bowl of... noodles! So along the way back to the station, we head to Ippudo housed in a traditional wooden house-like restaurant. It seems that most tourists who go to the Ramen Museum make it a point to stop by here to have a taste of another one of Japan's famed Ramen chain stores. 

More on Ippudo Ramen in a separate post (coming soon!)

Pom Pom Purin Café ポムポムプリンカフェ 梅田店 
When you're in Japan, yes, eat! Well, to be honest, we just wanted to pay a visit to my favourite Sanrio character, Pompom Purin! Purin literally is the Japanese name for creme caramel or custard pudding, and that's why they called this golden retriever dog 'Purin' because of it's likeness to the famed Japanese dessert. 

Unfortunately, we didn't enjoy the food much, as compared to other proper restaurants and if you don't like this character, you can give it a miss. But! I have to say their food and drinks are extremely instagrammable and if you have kids, they'll definitely enjoy this place! (more than you, of course.)

More on Pom Pom Purin Cafe in a separate post (coming soon!)

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