Oishii Okinawa

The food of Okinawa differs significantly from Japanese cuisine due to the islands’ intermingling of culture with China, South East Asia and the United States. Also known as Ryukyuan cuisine, digging into such a meal you will quickly come to realise its distinct influences and culture the cuisine derives from. Popular and representative dishes include champuru, a stir fry vegetable-meat medley usually containing tofu, eggs, pork or spam, Okinawa soba, a distinct variety made of wheat rather than the typical buckwheat, and taco rice, a bowl of ground beef, lettuce, tomatoes and salsa, an obvious culinary result of the American presence in Okinawa.