Okinawa – food & drink

There is so much to write about my trip to Okinawa I’m going to split it up into categories. First…food and drink!

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Taco rice
I love Mexican food, but it’s not too popular here in Japan, except for taco rice in Okinawa!

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I ate this almost every day! Rice base, with spicy mince meat, shredded lettuce, cheese, salsa and tomatoes. Charlie’s Tacos, Ishokuya Ran and a place near Moon Beach were the best!

Hamburgers
Okinawa has a strong American influence so there are plenty of steak and hamburger places.

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Sands Diner in Naha was delicious! This is an Okinawa Burger with Goya omelette inside.
We tried A&W burger but it was terrible, dry, flavourless and the fries weren’t even edible.

Pork
I didn’t eat much pork in Okinawa, but it’s famous as they eat all parts of the pig. We saw some pig trotters and face part dishes. I just had some pork somen in a restaurant, but here is some sliced pig face in the supermarket.

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Goya

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Described as bitter melon, it can be found in salads and some dishes. I had some vinegared and it was ok but in my salad it was too bitter and I couldn’t eat it. I did try some Goya beer and that was lovely, very crisp and dry.

Shikuwasa

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Delicious! It’s like a less sharp lime. Sometimes described as Okinawan orange or Okinawan lime. It has lots of different spellings in English too. I really enjoyed drinking it, it was very refreshing! Especially combined with awamori.

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Awamori
Awamori is Okinawan sake. There are lots of sake shops along Kokusai Street in Naha and…everywhere!

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Awamori tastes pretty strong, but mixed with water or fruit juice it was really nice.

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Mixed juice awamori cocktail. Snakes are pretty common in Okinawa, and there is a sake you can get that has snakes in! It’s pretty expensive though, up to ¥47,000!

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Orion
Okinawa has its own beer, Orion!

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Of course it was my beer of choice on holiday!

Blue Seal

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Blue Seal ice cream is pretty famous in Okinawa, made by Americans who imported dairy after the war. I really recommend the Salty Okinawa Cookie and Shikuwasa Sherbert!

Pineapple

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Okinawa is famous for dragon fruit, mangos and pineapple. I never had pineapple like this before in my life, it was so delicious! Sweet, dense and not sharp at all, just refreshing. Even J liked it and he hates fruit!

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