What I ate in Okinawa

Sorry for the recent lack of updates! Last week I travelled to Okinawa, Japan, with my family, and it turned out, unexpectedly, to be a food-filled one. Unlike the usual standard Japanese foods such as sashimi, sushi, ramen etc, Okinawa serves a lot of dishes with local produce such as seaweeds, purple potatoes, pork, black sugar, and various salts.

Unfortunately I didn’t really keep track the names/addresses of the places I ate at, so this post will mainly be one with just photos themselves.

DSC_0738 DSC_0739The above two photos were taken at a restaurant in Okinawa Fruits Land (http://www.okinawa-fruitsland.com/). Unsurprisingly the fruits in Okinawa are deliciously sweet- especially the mango and pineapple!

DSC_0776 DSC_0797 DSC_0806These photos were taken at the Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium. We ate at a restaurant overlooking the giant glass tank (above) and watched whale sharks, dolphins and manta rays swim past as we tucked into our pastas and taco rice.

DSC_0888 DSC_0889 DSC_0890 DSC_0985These photos were taken at Okinawa World, where we visited an underground cave, held a snake, made some traditional arts and crafts, and ate at a Japanese buffet.

DSC_0094 DSC_0096A restaurant serving traditional Okinawa food- note the seaweed, pork slices, flat shaped udon, pigs ears etc.  The food wasn’t cheap but was prepared extremely well, with the freshest ingredients and the most delicate flavours.


No edit required- note the man sunbathing on the bottom right HAHA.

DSC_0123 DSC_0188One thing I LOVE about Japan is that they have the largest array of delicious bottled drinks available- this sparkling peach tea was my favourite out of all the ones I sampled in Okinawa.

DSC_0201 DSC_0202 DSC_0204This was at a food court in Okinawa during a long car ride- pictured are Okinawa udon (hot and cold), and taco rice balls. The taco balls were definitely my favourite- crunchy on the outside, and cheesy, gooey and tangy on the inside.

DSC_0221 DSC_0222 DSC_0223On our last night in Okinawa my sister suggested that we go somewhere more special- so we headed to Sam’s By the Sea! (http://www.sams-okinawa.jp/by_the_sea/en_index.html) The interior of the restaurant was built to look like a ship, with Hawaiian decorations placed everywhere. There was a large selection of steaks and seafood available- I settled for the 4th of July special consisting of a Diane steak and coconut shrimp. It was delicious! Each meal also came with a salad, bread, and curry chowder.

DSC_0236 DSC_0243 DSC_0245 DSC_0246 DSC_0247On our last day, we made a pit stop at a resting area and ate this delicious tempura udon. It’s just crazy how you can find the best food in some of the most inconspicuous places! We then had a delicious meal at the airport before boarding our flight back to Hong Kong. Considering the amount of sub-par airport food I’ve eaten, this was probably the best airport meal I’ve ever had!

Okinawa was a great place to rest, relax and enjoy food. I definitely hope to go again someday!


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