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Women Around Japan Are Hooked! Seven Outstanding and Photogenic Chinese Restaurants in Kansai

Chinese food, which is a long familiar cuisine in Japan, has recently evolved into a trendy cuisine. Many bar-like casual restaurants that serve authentic Chinese dishes are opening one after another. The dynamic food with stimulating spices will make you want to take pictures. Rejuvenate yourself with Chinese food that is both tasty to eat and beautiful to look at! <This information is from Kansai Walker (issued July 18, 2017)>

Reasonably Priced Chinese Dishes Made by a Hotel-Trained Chef is the Talk of the Town

The owner of the Chinese bar and restaurant, Engi, trained for 20 years at hotels such as Ritz-Carlton and Hilton. He offers a hotel-worthy experience that stimulates all five senses at reasonable prices. The Mao Tse-tung spare ribs from Hunan and the mapo tofu from Sichuan served on an iron grill are popular.

The Chef's Appetizer Selection (1,250 JPY) that includes nine items such as kou shui ji (mouth-watering) chicken.

Black vinegar sweet-and-sour pork, made with Italian whey-fed pork (1,000 JPY). The fruity sauce goes well with the sweet fat.

A casual atmosphere decorated in red.

Phone: 06-6131-9974
Hours: 5:00 PM - 12:00 AM (last order 11:30pm)
Closed: Sundays
Seating: 44
Parking: None
Access: 4-minute walk from JR Shin-Fukushima Station

Chinese Bar Engi

4-2-65 Fukushima, Fukushima-ku, Osaka-shi, Osaka

Authentic Chinese Dishes and Wine at a Bar! The New Standard for the Chinese Food Battleground in Fukushima

The second store of a popular restaurant in Ashiya, CHI・i・NA Fukushima Branch takes the shape of a detached house with warm lights. The healthy Chinese food made with no MSG goes well with shaoxingjiu (Chinese rice wine) or wine. The restaurant offers many ideas on how to enjoy fresh ingredients, and will cook fresh fish procured directly from the market in any manner you choose. There is counter seating on the first floor and table seating on the second.

The Red Mapo Tofu (700 JPY) made with doubanjiang (chili bean paste) blended with homemade chili oil.

Their specialty is the Crispy Chicken S (1,000 JPY), which is deep-fried chicken with crispy skin.

The bustling restaurant. The first floor is counter seating and the second floor has tables.

Phone: 06-4796-6564
Hours: 5:00 PM - 12:00 AM (last order 11:00pm)
Closed: Open unless otherwise specified
Seating: 28
Parking: None
Access: 2-minute walk from JR Shin-Fukushima Station

CHI・i・NA Fukushima Branch

5-17-20 Fukushima, Fukushima-ku, Osaka-shi, Osaka

A Strange Space Like a Night Market! Casually Enjoy Authentic Taiwanese Food

Hao has an exterior reminiscent of a night market in Taiwan, and the interior is truly photogenic. It has a wide selection of items you'll want to photograph, such as dimsum (including huge xiaolongbao ), as well as mapo tofu and kou shui ji (mouth-watering) chicken. The spiciness is authentic too, so enjoy the food with Taiwanese beer and shaoxingjiu served from earthen pots.

The White Mapo Tofu (1,058 JPY) is becoming increasingly popular.

Squid With Spicy Breadcrumbs (842 JPY). Breadcrumbs mixed with sansho peppers creates an addictive flavor.

The restaurant in Kawaramachi.

Phone: 075-351-1339
Hours: 12:00 PM - 2:30 PM (last order), 5:00 PM - 11:30 PM (last order) *Open for lunch on weekends and holidays only
Closed: Tuesdays
Seating: 30
Parking: None Access: 1-minute walk from Hankyu Kawaramachi Station


SAKURA Bldg. Kiyamachi 1 1F, 124 Saito-cho, Shimogyo-ku, Kyoto-shi, Kyoto

Authentic Chinese Food Made Familiar Through Careful Preparation and Cooking Technniques

Kowloon in Motomachi, Kobe is run by Masakazu Kamibayashi, a chef who trained in famous restaurants in China and Kobe. Kamibayashi has arranged Chinese foods unfamiliar in Japan to suit Japanese tastes. Each dish, starting with the specialty crispy fried young chicken, is created with thorough consideration to the cooking methods and ingredients. Reservations are recommended in the evenings.

The care taken during the preparation is the secret behind the taste of the Half Crispy Aromatic Deep-fried Young Chicken (1,620 JPY).

The extremely simple Kowloon Special Black Vinegar Sweet-and-Sour Pork with Awaji Onions (1,620 JPY).

The restaurant located in Motomachi, Kobe

Phone: 078-392-8188
Hours: 11:30 AM - 2:00 PM (last order 1:30 PM), 6:00 PM - 10:30 PM (last order 9:30 PM)
Closed: Tuesday and the third Monday of every month
Seating: 16
Parking: None
Access: 7-minute walk from Motomachi Station on Hanshin and JR Lines


Yasuhara Bldg. 1F, 3-6-15 Sakaemachi-dori, Chuo-ku, Kobe-shi, Hyogo

Healthy Taiwanese Food Made With Carefully Chosen Oils and Ingredients is Popular

Rikka, a Taiwanese food bar, was opened by a veteran chef with 40 years of experience with the desire to bring "healthy Taiwanese and Chinese dishes" to people. Fresh vegetables and brand-name pork are used, the stir-fry dishes are lightly cooked with sunflower oil, and the deep-fried dishes with canola oil.

The Oage Shojin Spring Rolls (626 JPY) that incorporate eight different kinds of vegetables, such as green beans.

The fulfilling Black Vinegar Sweet-and-Sour Pork, made with French Crossbred Pork (1,036 JPY).

The interior was designed to evoke the city of Jiufen, Taiwan.

Phone: 074-703-1818
Hours: 11:00 AM - 10:00 PM (last order 9:30 PM)
Closed: None
Seating: 24
Access: 8-minute walk from Chayama Station on Eizan Railway


Eagle Court 1F, 11-2 Kitashirakawa Kamihate-cho, Sakyo-ku, Kyoto-shi, Kyoto

Enjoy Authentic and Fragrant Chinese Food Made With Peanut Oil

The Higobashi Branch of Dao Fu is popular for having the image of an upscale restaurant and serving authentic Chinese food at prices starting from 280 JPY. Currently, reservations are a must during the weekend. Although the prices are reasonable, the ingredients, such as domestic Chinese vegetables procured directly from Hiroshima and premium peanut oil, are chosen with care.

Special Sichuan Style Mapo Tofu (864 JPY). Flavored with six ingredients including Sichuan pepper and doubanjiang.

Kou shui ji (mouth-watering) chicken (637 JPY) flavored with chili oil and black vinegar.

An interior in the chinoiserie style that was once trendy in Europe.

Phone: 06-6443-6695
Hours: 11:00 AM - 3:00 PM (last order), 5:30 PM - 11:00 PM (last order) (Cafe) 11:00 AM - 11:00 PM
Closed: Sunday (Dinner)
Seating: 60
Parking: None
Access: Right by Higobashi Station on the Subway

Dao Fu Higobashi Branch

Kadomaru Higobashi Minami Bldg. 1-2F, 1-8-20 Edobori, Nishi-ku, Osaka-shi, Osaka

Enjoy Healthy and Spicy Chinese Food That is Gentle on the Body

The natural Chinese food restaurant “cuisine” is dedicated to serving safe and tasty Sichuan food, made with no MSG and incorporating seasonal local vegetables. It is popular as a place where you can taste healthy yet complex dishes, including Mapo Tofu with sweet homemade sake and annin tofu (420 JPY) made with light brown sugar.

The spiciness of the Sichuan Mapo Tofu in the Yakumo Tofu Served on Nambu Ironware (1,000 JPY) kicks in slowly.

Super Rich! Black Sesame Soy Milk Dan Dan Noodles (1,150 JPY) is made with whole wheat noodles.

A simple and calm interior.

Phone: 078-8221-5350
Hours: 11:30 AM - 2:30 PM (last order 2:00 PM), 6:00 PM - 10:15 PM (last order 9:30 PM), (Saturday Dinner) 5:30 PM - 9:45 PM (last order 9:00 PM)
Closed: Sunday, Monday, Tuesday Lunch
Seating: 20
Parking: None
Access: 3-minute walk from JR Sumiyoshi Station


Foresta Sumiyoshi 1F, 3-14-12 Sumiyoshimiya-machi, Higashinada-ku, Kobe-shi, Hyogo

[This article was originally published in Walkerplus on 08.18.2017]

*Please note that the information in this article is from the time of writing or publication and may differ from the latest information.

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