Although the whole of Japan excels at food and it’s known throughout the world for its technology and food, the Ryukyu Islands of Japan is famous for their authentic and unique dishes. Ryukyu Islands extend from all the way from Kyushu to Taiwan and have hundreds of tiny islands. The gourmet of the area mainly specializes in seafood due to it’s extremely closeness to the sea (and being islands mostly) and are known throughout the country as some of the food that are to be tried at least within one lifetime.
If you are planning to go to southern Japan for Okinawa Travel Package or so, here are some food items that you need to try.
Although soba noodles are common throughout the country, each different area has its specialty soba dish. If you end up taking the Okinawa travel package then you will have to try the wheat soba noodles of the region which looks like the udon noodles more so than soba. You get the usual broth, accompaniments and toppings, but the way the broth is made and the noodles are made are native to the region. You usually get boiled pork (extremely soft when eating and is a specialty of Kyushu region) and this is called Soki soba. There are other varieties of soba which you can eat depending on the type of meat or seafood that goes as the main ingredient. Green onions, fish cake, crushed garlic, red ginger are some toppings you can add to the dish as you eat, see more of great destination package by visiting this great site.
This is an inexpensive but filling meal which is favored by the masses in the region. The dish is made of taco flavored ground beef, tomatoes, salsa, lettuce and these go on top of steamed rice. Sometimes you can add extra toppings like onions, potatoes, cheese and such. Most people eat this dish with a spoon. There are other flavors like tex-mex which comes with soy sauce, mirin and sake as well. In some places it comes presented like a tortilla roll where the taco meat, cheese, rice are made into a ball, dipped in batter and fried and then served with salsa or ketchup.
A dish that is not for the faint of heart, mimiga is made out of pig’s ears. This dish usually accompanies beer and is consumed as an appetizer when drinking out. The cut pig ears are boiled or steamed and then it is served with sauces or dressing like ponzu sauce, peanut dressing or salt.
There are other authentic delicious and unusual foods to try at the southern region of Japan but the seafood in that area is renowned for its taste.