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Cuisine is an integral part of any local culture, and no trip to Naha is complete without tasting the traditional Naha food. This directory offers information about the traditional dishes and drinks available in Naha to help visitors better understand the local food culture and make an informed decision when trying them.



  • Chicken Soup with Squash: soup made of chicken, winter melon, ginger, carrots, nishimi kubu and onions.
  • Juushii: rice stewed in stock, often with egg, meat, seafood, vegetables or mushroom, and flavored with miso or soy.
  • Miso soup: stock into which is mixed softened miso paste and many other ingredients like negi, tofu, wakame seaweed, potatoes, meat.
  • Nakami soup: soup made of intestines and stomach, bean-curd leavings and dried shiitake mushrooms.
  • Okinawa Pig Rib Soup: soup made of pig rib, seaweed and Japanese radish.
  • Okinawa soba: noodle soup flavored with seaweed katsuobushi flakes and pork.
  • Oxtail Soup: soup made with beef tails and potato, carrots, cabbage, tomato, and mushrooms.


Main courses

  • Gōya chanpurū: stir fry dish made of vegetables, tofu, and some kind of meat or fish.
  • Hirayachi: Okinawan pancake made of eggs, flour, salt, pepper and green onions.
  • Kimpira Gobo: it is made of fried gobo (burdock roots) and carrots.
  • Mimiga: boiled or steamed pig's ear.
  • Minudaru: marinated and steamed pork belly flavored with black sesame.
  • Okinawa-fuu: fried noodles with vegetables.
  • Okinawan blueberry pancakes: pancakes made of soy milk, whole grain flour, vanilla extract, baking powder, brown sugar, eggs and fresh blueberries.
  • Onigiri: rice ball wrapped in nori (seaweed) and filled with pickled ume (umeboshi), salted salmon, katsuobushi, kombu, tarako, or other ingredients.
  • Oven-Grilled Scallop and Napa Cabbage Casserole: baked in a casserole Napa cabbage and scallop meat with some cheese on top.
  • Rafute: stewed pork belly.
  • Sashimi: fresh raw seafood, sliced into thin pieces, and served only with a dipping sauce and garnishes as shiso and shredded daikon radish.
  • Steamed asparagus: steamed asparagus in some plain water with salt.
  • Suchikaa (boiled salted pork): salted pork boiled with some leek or onions, garlic, ginger and wine.
  • Sweet and Sour Pork: deep frying pork with some sweet sauce and vegetables.
  • Taco rice: taco-flavored ground beef served on a bed of rice and lettuce.
  • Tebichi: simmered pig's trotters.
  • Yagi Sashimi: sashimi made with goat meat.


  • Mochi: rice cake made of glutinous rice.
  • Okinawan Sweet Fritters: are made of fried batter in some peanut oil or vegetable oil.
  • Peanut Tofu (Ji-ma-mi Tofu): dessert made of agar-agar, tofu, peanuts and sugar with some dipping sauce.
  • Popo crepes: crepes filled with pork miso.
  • Sata andagi: sweet deep fried buns of dough made of flour, milk, sugar and eggs.

Fast food

Street food

Drinks (Non-alcoholic)

Drinks (Alcoholic)

  • Awamori: alcoholic beverage made from rice through distillation.
  • Mojo Okinawa Drink: cocktail made of several kinds of alcohol and juice.
  • Orion beer: beer produced by Orion Breweries in Okinawa.

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