Must-Try Okinawa Food

FOOD

Okinawa has very unique food culture that is affected by several foreign cultures.

Eating out with child is sometimes hard, but trying local food is very important experience during travel.

There are many must-try food, so please check the following lists.

SEAFOOD

Okinawa has a lot of fishing ports, and especially tuna is famous.

If you want to eat delicious seafood in Okinawa, I really recommend you go to “泊いゆまち(Tomariiyumachi Tomarikoryo Market)“.
Address: 1 Chome-1-18 Minatomachi, Naha, Okinawa 900-0001

First Makishi Public Market is Okinawa’s most famous market, but Tomariiyumachi is definitely better.

This market is very close to “宮古そば 田舎(MIYAKOSOBA INAKA)” that is Okinawa soba restaurant. So if it is possible, please try it too!

OKINAWA SOBA

Okinawa soba is a type of noodle soup. It usually contains soki that is boneless pork ribs, so Okinawa soba is called “Soki soba” too.

You can eat Okinawa soba everywhere in Okinawa. For example, “宮古そば 田舎(MIYAKOSOBA INAKA)” is one of the most delicious restaurants in Okinawa.
Address: 394-2 Uenoya, Naha, Okinawa 900-0011

But unfortunately, this restaurant is small and not so family-friendly. So it might be hard to eat with kids.

GOYA CHAMPURU

Goya champuru is a specialty of Okinawa, and it is stir fry dish with goya, tofu, egg, etc.
Goya champuru (Bitter gourd and Pork Stir-fry)
It is nutrient-rich, so you can eat healthy meal while you are traveling.

Goya is a type of bitter melon, so you might think it’s not tasty. But it will be good experience to touch different culture.

UMIBUDO

If you are interested in trying something new, you should eat Umibudo.
Sea grapes (Umi budo) / 海ぶどう
Umibudo is a kind of algae and it tastes slightly salty. Many Japanese people like Umibudo, because the texture is great.

You can eat Umibudo everywhere in Okinawa, and you can find it at souvenir shop too.

TACO RICE

Taco rice is one of the popular Okinawa cuisine. It’s usually made from white rice, ground beef, lettuce, tomato and cheese.

If you like taco taste, you will love this too.

I recommend Charlie’s Tacos. They have two restaurants which are located Okinawa city and Naha city.
Address: 4 Chome-11-5 Central, Okinawa, 904-0004
Address: Okinawa, Naha, Matsuo, 1 Chome−3−4 900-0014

FRUITS

Most of the Okinawa islands is subtropical climate, so there are many delicious fruits.
Dragon Fruit at the airport, Naha, Okinawa
For example, mango and pineapple are very sweet and tasty. You can try it at restaurants, hotels, and souvenir shop.

Also, Okinawa has two large fruit theme park, Nago Pineapple Park and Okinawa Fruits Land. If you want to enjoy many different kinds of Okinawa fruits, you should go Okinawa Fruits Land.

In addition, I recommend that you know the best season for fruits. Please check the below information.

Mango: June to September
Pineapple: June to September
Shekwasha: September to December
Passion Fruit: March to June
Dragon Fruit: July to November
Shima Banana: September to October

SWEETS

If you like eating sweets, Okinawa is very good place for you.

Okinawa has many delicious sweets, and it is difficult to eat out of the prefecture.
紅芋たると Poteto Tart
I want you to try Beni imo that is purple sweet potato. The normal purple sweet potato is called Murasaki imo, but they are completely different.

Beni imo is sweeter than Murasaki imo. And compared to sweet potato, it is said Beni imo is naturally sweet taste. It is used for tart, ice cream, biscuits, etc.

Also, Shaved ice is popular sweets in Okinawa. You can find a lot of Instagenic shaved ice.

In addition, I want you to try Pancakes in Okinawa. I recommend Hawaiian Pancakes House Paanilani.
Address: 698 Serakaki, Onna, Kunigami District, Okinawa 904-0404

This Pancake house is very family-friendly, and they serve very delicious Pancakes!

I think Tropical Pancake is best. Please try it.

Could you get helpful information about Okinawa food? Please feel free to comment or contact me if you have any question.

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