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.

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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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