Shabu Shabu dinner with Agoo Pork

Miyabi Chaya is a ohagi cafe in Okinawa city. They provide shabu shabu dinner for one group only upon reservation.  JPY4500 per person.       Starter.  Hiya Mugi pasta, like angel hair pasta, with sesami sauce (left). Tofu paste with Nigana plant (right).   Nigana plant means bitter leaf in Japanese.  This plant has been considered a medicine in the local traditional tradition.   Hiya Mugi with ginger bud, cucumber, tomato and Shiso (Japanese basil).   The second plate with Agoo meatloaf with some seasonal vegetables.   There are lots of restaurants that serve Agoo in this island.  But most of them are halfs or quarters. Agoo is a brand pork of Okinawa, it’s a black […]

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Sui-Ton with Agoo Pork

We came to see our friends.  Masami-san and Jimmie at Miyabi Chaya. Miyabi Chaya is a ohagi cafe but they serve lunch too.   Sui-Ton Ton. Sui-Ton Lunch set is JPY850 which comes with an ohagi and a drink.  Add JPY300 for Agoo pork, Okinawa’s unique species and a brand pork, Sui-Ton Ton.   Yuyu had miso base.   Agoo Pork is fatty meat.  The fat carries sweet taste.  Soft in texture, richer in Umami components.  Low in cholesterol.  The fat melts at lower temperature. I strongly recommend to add Agoo because it makes the whole bowl tastier with Umami components.   Sui-Ton is originally from Northern Japan.  It’s like Udon in different […]

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Sweets from Grandma

Miyabi Chaya is an old house cafe.   Feels like grandma’s home.   Ohagi is a sweet rice ball.  Very traditional sweets for celebration and sacred events. It’s steamed glutinous rice, the kind of rice you make mochi with.  And the rice is coated by sweet Azuki bean paste. Purple one is a plain Ohagi.  Pale Ohagi is coated with dried soybean powder.   Here’s Masami-san, the cafe owner. She opened this place to provide the kind of Ohagi that her grandma used to make and that she loved so much. When you bite, you can tell that someone really made it for you with love.  Gentleness, humbleness, gratitude, and all the […]

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