Hanakinah in Ginowan offers excellent views and a uniquely Okinawan soba experience
Noodles are undoubtedly one of Japan’s national treasures — but in Okinawa, soba noodles hold a particularly special place in the hearts (and stomachs) of the island’s residents. The dish is so popular that every Oct. 17, the island celebrates “Okinawa Soba Day.”
Unlike the soba noodles found in mainland Japan, which are made from buckwheat flour, Okinawa soba is made from wheat and can vary drastically by geographical location. Soba lovers in Okinawa all claim to know the best place to grab a bowl on the island — and traveling up and down the island, from the coast to the inland areas, will offer diners a chance to taste different varieties of this beloved dish. Closer to the coast, you’re sure to have a fish-based broth. Stay central, and you’ll likely encounter a pork broth base.
Before arriving in Okinawa myself, I knew my first off-base dining experience had to offer a taste of Okinawa’s culinary heritage — but I was also so drawn to images of the island’s stunning ocean views that I decided that any restaurant I visited had to deliver in the scenery department as well.
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