Restaurants – Okinawa

Okinawa consists of 160 large and small islands, including 47 inhabited islands, and covers a vast ocean area that covers approximately 400 kilometers from north to south and 1,000 kilometers from east to west. The coral reefs, the crystal blue sea, the white sand beaches and the beautiful natural scenery combine to form a diverse and spectacular natural habitat across the archipelago. A visit to Okinawa also allows you to come face to face with Ryukyu’s unique culture and legends.

In this post we will be giving you some tips and information to make your trip to Okinawa unforgettable.




Discover one of the most used products in Okinawan cuisine.


Goya is one of the most consumed vegetables in Okinawa. However, it is well known for its typical bitter taste. Its appearance resembles that of a cucumber, but its taste is bitter, being very similar to jiló. However, it is much more bitter than him.

Despite having a somewhat different appearance, and also having a peculiar flavor, it is considered one of the healthiest vegetables in existence. He is often attributed to the longevity of the people who live on the island of Okinawa. Some studies reveal that it can lower blood sugar, meaning it can be beneficial for type II diabetes.

In addition, it also help to break down kidney stones. If you drink a juice or tea from this vegetable, it can be beneficial for anyone who suffers from this condition. For people who need to reduce their calorie intake, consuming this vegetable is also interesting. Because it is very nutritious and contains few calories. Thus, we can also highlight that the goya also improve immunity. In addition, it is also a food rich in vitamin K.

However, it is worth mentioning that this does not mean that the goya should be consumed too much. But only that it can help to have a more balanced diet if it is consumed in moderation in a diet already composed of other healthy elements.



There are many ways to consume goya. Among them, the most famous is the chanpuru. This is a dish that is usually made with tofu, meat or fish, egg, moyashi (bean sprouts) and goya. Thus, a mixture is made between these elements that can have some additional ones. The dish also has other variations, but there will always be goya. It is still possible to make goya in other ways, like sautéing. However, it is important to always remove your seeds and wash it well. In addition, it is also usually consumed with a half moon cut. It can also be eaten as a salad, but it is important to soak it in water that must be changed at least 3 times so that the bitterness of the vegetable will come out a little more.

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