Fresh Japanese Tiger Prawns

Tamaya is a Japanese Tiger Prawn restaurant, operated by the prawn farm in Ginoza. Japanese Tiger Prawn is a close relative of black tiger.  Very firm and crunchy in texture and very sweet in flavor because it’s richer in Umami components than other shrimps.  It’s a very sensitive and fragile species.  They are so hard to raise that the Japanese farmers are still proud of their privilege of its production in hard competition with other cheaper foreign shrimps from foreign countries.   Yuyu likes Kirin draft beer.   She had Tenpura bowl. It’s Japanese style tenpura. Okinawan tenpura is a little different than Japanese style.  Okinawan is like fritters. They rapid-freeze the prawns in a -40C degree freezer, […]

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Black curry and skewered fries

On the backstreet near the Makishi public market in Naha is Nuji Bonbon Kushi.   Nuji Bonbon Kushi is the second location of a very popular restaurant in Naha, called Nuji Bonbon Z.   This second restaurant features their signature Black Curry Rice and skewered fries.   The interior isn’t really presented in integrity, just like the first restaurant.  But we know the food is a real thing.   Yuyu ordered the breaded fried meat loaf.  It’s a sure thing. The meat loaf is Japanese beef and pork mix and it’s got lots of flavor and lots of juice inside.   Yes, yes. yes.  We know it’s good.   It’s sure the Nuji Bonbon, […]

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Heart-warming brunch

Ploughman’s Lunch Bakery is a very popular and a very high-quality bakery cafe in Kitanakagusuku. We had an old friend visiting the island.  We took her there for a brunch on the way to the airport.   This is the first sign you see.  Park you car to the left and walk to the cafe on the right.   It’s an American house cafe. They serve breakfast and lunch, also pastry on a go.   This vegan oat meal cookie is gooood.   The menu is in English too. 7 kinds of sandwiches, including 4 vegan.  Every entry comes with soup and drink.   I had an uncured ham and Japanese basil […]

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Offal Hot Pot Dining

“Nabe” means a pot in Japanese. It also refers to a Japanese dining style where you have one hot pot cooking in the center and everybody shares it. Motsu Nabe, Offal Nabe is a modern invention started in Fukuoka. Ripalo is the specialized old-house restaurent for Offal Nabe.   It’s off Route 58 near Kadena rotary.     The dining space is nicely laid out.  I felt really comfortable.  I love those old wood pillars which have traces of shipwright works.   Off we go!   Simmered beef tendon in Teri and vinegar seasoning.   Crispy fries of local Taro   Here comes the Nabe.  There are 4 soup choices. Light soy […]

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Food is energy wave

The little vegan cafe Shizen Inu is located in the residential area on the Yomitan side of Hija river.   I don’t even remember how I managed to get there.   Very little cute signs here and there.  So easy to miss.   Very simple menu.   Vegan lunch plate. Vegan cake. Decafe. Black sugar enzyme juice.   That’s it.  You don’t have to choose.   Small space.  There are a pair of chairs behind me.  But that’s it. It’s the chef’s one-person operation.   The chalk board states the names of all the farmers who provided today’s vegetables. The chef often visits these local farms to talk to farmers, […]

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Chilling out with soft serve

In the corner of farmer’s market in Ginoza is Cream Cream. A little soft serve ice cream shop using local fresh milk with no artificial colors, flavors or preservatives.   It’s always amazing to see the variety of people who’s fond of this little shop.  From little kids to the aged.  From local to visitors, international tourists.   Hand-painting menu pumps them up for sure.   There’s my favorite.  Yogurt Sandae.  JPY400.   From the bottom, corn flakes, yogurt, and soft serve on top.  I like this refreshing combination.   She’s got the plain soft serve on the cone.  I think it was JPY200. We love the soft serve here.  Using fresh local […]

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Chinese dim sum buffet

It’s not known much, but Kanucha Resort has chinese dim sum buffet only on weekends. And it’s surprisingly JPY2000 (JPY2160 with tax).   In about 30-minute drive off the exit of Ginoza on R331, you see Kanucha Resort opening the gate on your right.   The chinese restaurant is in the club house of the golf course.   Beautiful course.   The restaurant is looking down Oura Bay and the beautiful Pacific.   Buffet table has lots of stuff.   Fried foods. Good to see chinese radish cake which is my favorite.  Chinese radish cake is a simple food and it is the kind of food Japanese people love, but somehow it’s […]

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Our favorite Thai

Aridoi is our favorite Thai food in Okinawa.  Located near Route 329 in Okinawa-shi.   The owner is a certified chef by Thai government.   The simple soup is served to everyone.  Simple and gentle taste with mushrooms and Japanese radish.   Khao Phad Gai, chicken fried rice.  Fluffy Thai rice seasoned with Nam Pla, Thai fish sauce.   Red curry stir-fry with chicken.  You can choose how hot you want it to be in 5 grades.  5 is the hottest, the Thai hot. I can see that they use Thai spices and herbs, such as Thai basil, coriander, kaffir lime leaf, tamarind and lemon grass.  I’d say it’s pretty much authentic […]

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Our Usual

If you want to try Japanese home cooking, Umiyuri is one of the places you should come. Hearty homey everyday meals.   Umiyuri is located in the deep Kadena. It’s supposed to be Asian fusion cuisine, but I think it’s really the kind of food that Japanese people have at home.  The mother cooking. Japanese home cooking has been under a lot of influence from all over the world anyway, especially Chinese and Europeans.  We just add plain steamed rice and miso soup to make it a Japanese meal.   It always feels like visiting a good friend’s house. It’s a one-person operation.  Avoid weekend dinners if you don’t have time.  This place has solid local […]

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A hidden bakery

Your iphone may be able to lead your way here.  But from here you have to find it with your own eyes. Do you see a bakery?   There’s a sign!  But can’t really read it. You can smell it in the air, though.   There’s a door! It says “open” and “welcome”, but nothing really says it’s a bakery…   It is a bakery!!!   Welcome to Boulangerie i+plus. The story is, the baker is very skilled and hotels want his pastry, he remodeled his house just to make pastry for the supply to hotels, but people started coming to buy, so he opened a little space for public sales.   The baker had […]

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The sausage and shrimps

We went out with Yuyu’s parents who were visiting the island. Her father’s call, “Let’s go to see Kato.”  He loves the sausages here.  Her mother wanted some seafood.   2 cheeses of our choice.   Our usual.  Chicken liver mousse and pork pate. Liver is fresh, no bloody smell, seasoned with nice flavorful liquor.  Pork pate has been matured, very tasty.   This is our usual too.  The best French Fries in our standards!!!   Roasted onion Pie.  Soooo sweet and tasty.   Soup de Poisson.  Beautiful broth with shrimps, fish, veggies   Yummm…  so rich, so good.   3 housemade sausages.  Original (meaty), herb, spicy.  I love the herb one the best.   Grilled […]

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Bakery that opens once a week

Believe it or not, there’s a bakery which opens only on Saturdays in Ginoza. Open once a week! Yea, that’s it.   Gallivant Bakery.  Right on R329 in Ginoza.   Opens at 11:00 now.  (It used to open 9:00 before) There’s always a waiting line at the open time.  Some fans travel on the expressway to come every week.   We got here at 12:00.  Breads are almost gone.   They make various housemade jams and they are for sale.   Besides the breads and cookies for sale on the table, there are sandwiches they will make upon your order.   2 kinds of sandwiches.  Veggie and sweets.   For sweets, […]

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