SPRING FOOD OKINAWA
Makishi Public Market
Makishi Public Market is located on the market street. This market street is adjacent to the international street. This Market is a place where tourists can buy many types of fish and tropical fruits throughout the year. Not only that, tourists can buy groceries for cooked or buy ready-made food. This place is a top recommendation to visit for those like to explore the food culture of Okinawa.
Papaya Irichi is known as a staple home cooked food in Okinawa. “Papaya” is commonly eaten as fruit. But in Okinawa, it is often eaten when the papaya is still green before ripening. It is eaten just like “vegetables”. “Papaya Irichi” dish is a mix of fried green papaya strips, pork, carrots and other ingredients. The papaya’s sweetness and crunchy unripe texture match very well with the other ingredients in the dish.
Rafute (Pork Rib Dish)
Rafute (Pork Rib Dish) is one of the local cuisines of Okinawa Prefecture. The pork is a slowly simmered with brown sugar, soy sauce and Awamori liquor. The uniqueness of Rafute is that it uses “Awamori liquor” during cooking. “Awamori” is Okinawa’s Japanese sake made from rice and black koji. It has a tender texture and it easily falls apart when eaten with chopsticks.
A signature Okinawan cuisine, taco rice consists of a Mexican-Japanese fusion. Served with taco-flavoured ground beef with rice, taco rice is characterized by a slightly spicy and seasoned flavour. Tasty white rice is topped with delicious taco mince, lettuce, avocado, and tomato salsa!