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.
The 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!
These 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.
A 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.
This 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.
On 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.
On 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!