Doll Eats! Okinawan Food – From Pigs Ear to Brown Sugar

Another series from Doll Eats, but this one is really jam-packed. Okinawan Food is vastly different from main Japanese cuisine so I was super happy I got to try it out and eat to my hearts content. :lovecat:

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Okinawan style dessert. Okinawan crepes called “Chinbin” made with a combo of wheat and mochi flour. Paired with Okinawan’s own Blue Seal Ice Cream. The two flavors are purple sweet potato (beni-imo) and Okinawan sweet potato. I use a combo of tapioca flour and whole wheat to make these at home. But not right now, sugar ban cries forever

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My hotel offered an Okinawan food plate. Try all the specialties at once? Hell yes! From top right clockwise: rafute (Okinawan glazed pork), mimiga, tofuyo, umi-budo, pork fat, and sweet potato.

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Umi-budo or Sea Grapes. It’s a type of seaweed usually served with ponzu sauce. Quite delicious!

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Tofuyo is a fermented and aged tofu that is really strong. It’s made to be served like a tiny bite like above. On top are sukugarasu a popular Okinawan fish.

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Mimi-ga is boiled thinly cut pigs ear. Pork is king in Okinawa. It was actually quite good.

An Ode to Goya

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Goya aka Bitter Melon is a seriously ugly looking fruit. It looks like a cucumber broke out in acne. It’s ugly, it’s incredibly bitter, but somehow it’s the tastiest food. Opinions differ. I think Goya is almost the Natto of Okinawa. Native Okinawans usually praise it while they’re shocked foreigners even like it. But it’s sooooo good  :sadcat:

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Instead of it being so ugly instead think of it as “Goya-chan” the cute stuffed mascot I found at Bios on the Hill.

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Goya’s most famous dish is Goya Champuru/Chample. Chample means stir fry in Okinawan. It’s a combo of goya, tofu, eggs and pork (or spam). The soft flavors really set off the bitter melon taste.

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You can have Goya so many ways! Like Goya juice. This along with many vinegar drinks are popular in Okinawa.

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Or vinegared goya and pork bites.

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Okinawan style yakisoba that I got to make myself. With beloved goya.

It’s a hard to like taste, but once you eat it you want more and miss it. Chinese goya isn’t the same.  :regret:

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Hibiscus Tea and Okinawan Kokuto or brown sugar. It’s a very unprocessed brown sugar and can be used as a sweetener or eaten as a candy. Quite delicious!

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Taco Rice is actually truly an Okinawan food. I make it at home a lot. Often comes with a fried or soft-boiled egg on top. I add avocado and sometimes crumbled Doritos on top (my favorite Okinawan restaurant in Tokyo does this). It’s a big hit with guests in my house! Crumbled seitan works best if you’d like to make it vegan. If you’d like to use cheese a sharp cheddar works best.

I’ve got another Okinawa food post coming, but it’s in combo with other things. Oh what am I kidding it’s me eating. I’m seriously amazed the waves didn’t carry me out to sea like the overfed manatee I became.

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14 Comments

  1. October 21, 2013 / 1:17 pm

    Oh my I thought ‘what a funky weird look fish eggs’ this sea grape
    look but its actually a vegetable! The food overall looks GREAT!
    Xx :heartguy:

    • Mitsu
      October 22, 2013 / 9:03 am

      They were tasty! Oddly enough, it didn’t look delicious but…. :)

    • Mitsu
      October 22, 2013 / 9:03 am

      EAT ALL THE THINGS :) Editing it I felt the same thing :)

    • Mitsu
      October 22, 2013 / 9:03 am

      Me, too! I’m ready to eat goya again :)

      • October 23, 2013 / 4:40 pm

        I was inspired and made Taco Rice last night!! :D The boyfriend approves! hehe!

        • Mitsu
          October 24, 2013 / 11:59 am

          LOLOL My man requests it once a week and I often give in! It’s so easy to make healthy or…. not so healthy :)

  2. October 22, 2013 / 1:30 pm

    the food looks so delicous*-* haha Goya-chan is so cute. I want it XD

    • Mitsu
      October 22, 2013 / 9:47 pm

      I was kind of tempted by Goya-chan but instead I bought goya soap and goya salt…. my addiction is wrong :)

  3. October 23, 2013 / 6:26 am

    really?? you must be one of the only person i know who likes Goya! even when i ask my students in listening tests “what food don’t you like?” they say goya 99% of the time. lol. but good for you, i guess ;) I didn’t know beni-imo ice cream was an okinawan thing! they have a haagendaaz version at the combini now, and it’s freakin heavenly!!

    • Mitsu
      October 23, 2013 / 10:07 am

      Blue Seal makes a ton of cool Okinawan flavors. If you’re ever in Ikebukuro they have one at the entrance to Sunshine City below Tokyu Hands. It’s delish!

      Goya is the bomb. I may hate cilantro (don’t have the gene for it apparently #science) but goya is the most delicious. I bought all this goya flavored stuff, even soap. Maybe I’ve got some weird gene that loves it :)

      • October 26, 2013 / 5:54 am

        haha, well it’s always better to love stuff even if everyone else hates it!

        yeah, i’ve heard of that ice cream place! I never go to Ikebukuro though >_< I should make the effort!!

        • Mitsu
          October 26, 2013 / 10:39 am

          Ikebukuro is really a good fun place to hang out outside of Shibuya and Shinjuku :) The shop staff are nice, there’s fun game centers and good food. I used to live there so I’m a bit biased :)

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