Cooking Blog

Bluefin Tuna in Season!!!

Did you try bluefin tuna yet? Did you know all the fish markets in Okinawa are all stirred up by the seasonal arrival of this treasure fish right now? You should go and get it for yourself as soon as possible because it will be around only for the next couple of weeks.  Then it will […]

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BBQ Sous Vide Pork Chops

As Japan is having the national holiday week “Golden Week”, it’s time to BBQ!!!   It has been a year since I bought Weber Baby Q grill and Anova Sous Vide.  I’ve been learning and experimenting with these toys.  It’s very fortunate I have friends who want to pay to come for my cooking, so […]

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Organic Fruits Bowls and Salads

This is Green Leaf.  A very famous organic shop and cafe in Okinawa. They have 2 locations. This one is Yomitan, and the other is in Chatan. I had a meeting to do with my associates and we wanted to check out the place too. (This was in March.  I’m pretty backed up on my blog.)   […]

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My Pop-Up Fish Restaurant

A lot of people believe that Okinawa has no good fish. So did I. But when I started fishing in the deep off shore here, I quickly learned that the fish that this ocean can offer is amazing!  There’s cold, mineral-rich deepsea current flowing through the area and I catch some gorgeous fish.  They are very expensive […]

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We have Sous Vide now!

Sous Vide came to our kitchen! I stumbled on the idea of sous vide cooking a while ago.  After some research, I figured this is a way to go.  And here it is. Anova Precision Cooker The idea is to bag the food in a zip lock, air sealed, and cook in a water with […]

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Squid Ink Dumpling

Okinawa is coming into the season for bigfin reef squid! This squid can grow over 5kg here.  This one is a small 2kg size.  This was my only catch for yesterday.  Squid fishing is still new to me.  I need to improve my fishing skills on it because this squid is so delicious!  It’s good […]

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The best Kanpachi of the season!

Now the Kanpachi (amberjack) fishing season is in its mid-season here in Okinawa. Time to fish and party!     This is a mackerel tuna.  The best tasty one in Katsuo family.  “Suma” we call it.  It’s got the signature black dots under pectoral fins. You hardly find this fish in the market.  They move […]

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Medium-rare Pork from Ganaha

It’s ignorant of me, but only recently I learned that in 2011 USDA: United States Department of Agriculture has officially lowered the recommended safe cooking temperature for whole cuts of pork from 160F degrees to 145F degrees and adding a 3-minute rest time. 145F is about 62C degrees.   That is medium rare! And I […]

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The best fish is what you catch

Many visitors say Okinawa doesn’t have good fish. I used to say that too before I moved here. It seemed that the cold weather made animals put on fats that we all appreciate if it’s fish or beef. And Okinawa was tropical. Fish had no reason to wear fats. That’s what I thought. The fish […]

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Fine Cheese, made in Okinawa!

Ever since I had my first taste of his cheese in Tedako-Tei, the cozy Italian restaurant in Naha, I’ve always wanted to try more.   His name is John, the cheese guy. The Cheese Guy in Okinawa   While we knew so little about his cheese where-abouts, we heard that his cheese is available at Ryubo in Omoromachi, […]

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Okonomi Yaki

Okonomi Yaki is like a Japanese pancake containing a variety of ingredients. There are some regional variants.  Osaka and Hiroshima are probably the most famous.  They are very different styles. YuYu is from Kobe.  And Kobe style is different from them too.  She also says every families have different recipes and different secrets.  I’m from Yokohama, and […]

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Organic Grocery in Nakagusuku

There is a little store in Nakagusuku, Parus.  It’s an organic vegetables and grocery store.   Greeting us at the front door were organic sweet potatoes.   Organic pumpkins and onions.  Beautiful.   The store is small, but they really got some nice stuff.   Organic Muesli and organice soy milk.   Organic, and naturally […]

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