Blogmas Day 01: First Okinawan Food

First Blogmas post will be a short food porn post!

After 3 grueling flights, 20-something hours later, my sister and I arrived in Naha, Okinawa around 3pm.  We cleaned ourselves up at the hotel and headed out straight away for some Okinawan food!

Above is Kokusai Dori, a very touristy street but ho hey, we were tourists after all.  A fantastic street for plenty of Okinawan eats and souvenirs.  Our hotel was within walking distance of the street and the first restaurant I wanted to hit, Yunangi, was near it.  Yunangi is number 1 on Tripadviser and is known as one of the best places for traditional Okinawan cuisine.  I'm far to much of foreigner to be a judge of that however the food was very yummy indeed! The restaurant is cute and small, and from what I remember it was entirely run by woman, including all the cooks behind the incredibly small open kitchen.

I'm afraid I don't have any interior or exterior shots of the restaurant! Yes, silly blogger mistake - taking pictures of venues was a habit I couldn't get into it but hopefully next trip I'll be better at this.  I do of course have food porn shots though!

Umibudo - Okinawan Sea Grapes - one of the super foods responsible for Okinawa's long life expectancy.  It's a sea-salty, refreshing seaweed, wish I had the chance to try this in a rice dish!

Umibudo - Okinawan Sea Grapes - one of the super foods responsible for Okinawa's long life expectancy.  It's a sea-salty, refreshing seaweed, wish I had the chance to try this in a rice dish!

Rafute - Braised Pork Belly - if you can only have one dish from this restaurant then pick this one!

Rafute - Braised Pork Belly - if you can only have one dish from this restaurant then pick this one!

Gurukun Karaage - Okinawan Fried Fish - don't let the picture fool you, its a petite little fish.  Nothing too special about this dish, its just a deep fried fish.

Gurukun Karaage - Okinawan Fried Fish - don't let the picture fool you, its a petite little fish.  Nothing too special about this dish, its just a deep fried fish.

Goya Champuru - Stir Fry with Bitter Melon, bits of pork, egg and tofu.  The Goya, Bitter Melon, is another super food rich in all the good stuff.  We ate a plate of this stuff everyday! We can get bitter melon here locally but it's slightly different and I only ever remember it being very bitter and unpleasant.  The Okinawan bitter melon is slightly bitter too but the stir fry combos work very well.

Goya Champuru - Stir Fry with Bitter Melon, bits of pork, egg and tofu.  The Goya, Bitter Melon, is another super food rich in all the good stuff.  We ate a plate of this stuff everyday! We can get bitter melon here locally but it's slightly different and I only ever remember it being very bitter and unpleasant.  The Okinawan bitter melon is slightly bitter too but the stir fry combos work very well.

Mozuku Tempura - another new favourite of ours.  This black seaweed was served pickled with many other dishes on our trip here in Okinawa but this tempura version is super yummy, I never thought to buy any mozuku souvenirs, hopefully I can source it online somewhere.

Mozuku Tempura - another new favourite of ours.  This black seaweed was served pickled with many other dishes on our trip here in Okinawa but this tempura version is super yummy, I never thought to buy any mozuku souvenirs, hopefully I can source it online somewhere.