Anytime we visit a new place I do a little (or a lot) of research and come up with a list of not only must-sees but also some must-eats; whether it be visiting a certain restaurant, trying out a traditional dish or even an adult beverage!
It all started when Matt & I went to my beautiful home country New Zealand five years ago. Upon arrival I presented Matt with a “New Zealand Challenge” and throughout his 3 week visit he worked his way crossing things off. Things like “do the hokey-pokey” or “eat a jaffa with a JAFA” while he didn’t manage to cross everything off it was a whole lot of fun.
I have been handing out this New Zealand challenge to a few people lately and it suddenly occurred to me that we haven’t done any sort of Okinawa Food Challenge.
All the items on our Oki Food Challenge either originated in Okinawa or are considered traditional dishes. Are you curious about what types of dishes are included in this challenge? Take a look!
Just in case you aren’t quite sure what they all are, there were definitely a few I wasn’t sure of, here is a brief explanation.
The Okinawa doughnut; sweet deep fried buns of dough!
An Okinawan stir fry dish
3. TACO RICE
Combining the American’s love of tacos with the Japanese love of rice!
Thinly cut, boiled or steamed, pigs ear!
The beer for your happy time
A delicacy of salted fish
A pork belly dish with soy sauce & brown sugar
8. FUCHIBA JUSHI
Okinawan style rice served with pork, vegetables and mugwort leaves
Those delicious little cookies!
Very similar to okonomyaki, an Okinawa pancake dish
11. HABU SAKE
Awamori based drink with a snake inside believed to have medicinal properties!
12. BENI-IMO ICE CREAM
Ice cream made from the Okinawa sweet potato
Made from a long grain indica rice it’s an alcoholic beverage
Sea lettuce soup!
Stewed pork spare ribs often served with soba (different to the pork belly which is often served)
Lets be real, you haven’t experienced Okinawa if you haven’t had soba!
18. SHIMA RAKKYO
Lightly fried island shallot, often served as side sometimes a garnish
Sausage of pork & spices
20. NAKAMI IRICHI
pork tripe & miso stir fry
Soup made of intestines & stomach of cow or pork
22. JIIMAMII TOFU
Peanut butter tofu
24. CAULERPA LENTILLITERA
A type of seaweed that looks like grapes also referred to as umi budo
If anyone wants to join us as we complete this challenge we would love that! Post photos with the #OkiFoodChallenge and of course if you think of items that need to be included, let me know!