Oct. 17 is “Okinawa Soba day.” It is a day when the local food earned its title. In 1976, the fair-trade commission argued that Okinawa Soba doesn’t deserve to be called Soba, which means buckwheat in Japanese.
It may sound weird, but our obsession with the tasty small fish had grown since our shirasu-don lunch earlier on Enoshima Island. So, it was only natural that the signboard for the hotdogs featuring the regional specialty would draw our attention.
If you visit Nakamise shopping street, you’re sure to come across the Japanese Tea House Hello Kitty Saryo Enoshima. If you don’t have time to stop for a sit-down lunch, the location also offers a “take out” counter serving up various Hello Kitty-themed drinks and sweets.
Maeda Shokudo is a great affordable place to stop for a bite while exploring Okinawa’s northern attractions such as Mount Yonaha and Hiji Falls. But even if you are not planning to head north, this noodle shop is worth visiting to sample some classic Okinawan fare.
Since Okinawa is the birthplace of taco rice, a local take on the taco with international fame, some of the best to be had can be found almost anywhere on island. A good taco, on the other hand, well, that’s not so easy to come by.
Among hundreds of options of tsumami dishes, the following are extremely popular and are standard at most izakaya in Japan. Memorize a few or take this handy guide with you so you can drink and eat like a local on your next night out.
One step inside Mame Pore Pore, and customers are greeted with the ever-inviting aroma that only freshly roasted coffee beans exude.
It’s a place where customers won’t find every-day coffee, because every bean is special here.