Okinawa Japan is famous for its beautiful spots but is also a haven for foodies. Try some of the lists on what to try and taste upon visiting this Japan’s gem.
Taste sashimi at Makishi Public Market
Also recognized as the Kitchen of Okinawa, The Makishi Public Market offers a magnificent array of freshly caught seafood, meat, and tropical fruit. One can get truly at home as you eat your way through the typical life of an Okinawan.
For all sashimi lovers, the Makishi Public Market is Okinawa’s closest thing to Tokyo’s Tsujiki Fish Market and a treasure chest of affordably priced and extremely fresh sashimi.
Take your sashimi of choice from lobster, sea snails, fish, and even the exotic snakes. You can even take your buys up to the eateries on the second floor and have them prepare it for you for those less adventurer picky eaters.
Try Goat Sashimi
Goat sashimi or hija-sashi in Japanese is considered a delicacy in Okinawa. Often seasoned with spices and soy sauce to soothe the strong gamey flavor, it’s a good balance of chewy and tender.
Indulge into Okinawan specialties
Compared to their mainland Japanese counterparts, Okinawans consume a lot more meat. Given it’s their specialty, no one can blame people for Okinawa. It’s no surprise that out of all their famed dishes, their black pork is chiefly sought after with a pig farming history of more than 600 years.
When cooked, the meat is rich in intramuscular fat, nutrients, and is more flavorful and tender. A must try is rafute or simmered pork belly which is worth every calorie and more for its delectable taste.
Another Okinawa specialty is umibudo or sea grapes, a type of seaweed lovingly nicknamed green caviar. It’s commonly prepared with a soy sauce or vinegar dip, or as a topping on rice. Like a caviar, it really does pop in your mouth.