During the rest of our trip, we had the chance to visit various local fish/food markets and izakaya. The price of food in Okinawa is significantly cheaper compared to mainland Japan.
There are several signature dishes that we had to eat when we were in Okinawa.
It is unlike ramen or udon but has some similarity to traditional Taiwanese noodle soup using flatter noodles. Instead of Chashu in the ramen, the pork in Okinawa Soba is usually stewed pork belly. It is also important to have a dash of pickled ginger to spice up the soup.
Goya Champuru (Stir-fry bittermelon with egg)
This dish you either love it or you hate it. The bitterness, when done right, will almost disappear leaving you with the crunchy texture contrasting with the eggs. It was quite refreshing.
I recommend getting this dish at Paikaji, which is a restaurant/izakaya with traditional Okinawan cuisine and musical performances.
Yes… it is literally taco ingredients on rice. This dish was basically invented originally for the US Army that was stationed in Okinawa. Now it has become a unique dish that represents the uniqueness of Okinawan culture.
On the left is the original flavor with shredded cabbage and cheese with meat sauce and tomatoes poured over the rice. On the right is the upgraded version, which I personally loved. It is exactly the same thing but was baked with cheese, then an egg was cracked on top.
Onna Eki Market
One of my favorite markets from this trip. This market was recommended to us by our snorkel guide. It is relatively small but offered a variety of options. The best thing is that there are very few foreign tourists at this market so you almost feel like you are one of the locals.
Fresh Passionfruit Tea and Yamakake Chiraishi (mountain yam seafood don)
The seafood were all very fresh and go very well with the grated mountain yam. It creates an almost cheesy-like texture. It tasted so good with wasabi and soy sauce. I have never had a chiraishi don like this.
Assorted tropical fruits kakigori (shaved ice)
The best way to end a meal on a hot summer day is obviously with shaved ice!! This one is the best seller from the stall. The shaved ice is covered with fresh passionfruit sauce, mangoes, strawberries and in the centre, a scoop of the orange popsicle icecream. This dessert tasted heavenly. The texture of the shaved ice is almost snow-like and reminded me of the ones I have tried in Taiwan.