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post : 2016.12.21 08:00
In addition to the wonderful flavors, ethnic cuisines are popular for their great nutritional value. They can contribute to a healthy diet, detoxify the body, enhance physical beauty and lessen fatigue.
Tom yum kung, tom kha kai (chicken and coconut milk soup), green curry, and yum wunsen (spicy been noodle salad) are the most popular Thai foods in Japan.
SIAM in Nanjo City launched in 1994. Since then, it has been a very popular restaurant for all men and women of all ages. The authentic Thai cuisine is addictively tasty. I am one of the many regular customers who are in love with the food.
Chef Yasushi Inoue grew up in Okinawa. After graduating from culinary school, he gained experience at a Chinese restaurants and also a Thai restaurant at the Sunmarina Hotel (now the Sheraton Okinawa Sunmarina Resort) in Onna Village.
Chef Inoue’s wife, Tanomwan, who is originally from Thailand cares for the customers. She first met Inoue while working as an interpreter at the hotel.
The decor in the restaurant is stylish and unique. The lamp on the left is Tanomwan’s original design.
All of the items on the menu are original. Basic recipes came from Tanomwan’s family but have been adapted by Yasushi to appeal to more to Japanese tastes. Customers leave many positive comments about these efforts.
The tom yum kung is their one of the most popular items. The aroma from lemon grass, kaffir lime leaves and Thai ginger wafting up from the dishes is enticing. The wonderful taste and aroma linger in your mouth. It is said the soup is especially healthful when on a diet, when tired or when one feels a cold coming on.
The sautéed chicken and cashew nuts is another popular menu item. A homemade paste made with chili oil and shrimp is the secret for the great taste. I asked about the difference between their original paste and store bought ones. “The difference is not only in the flavor,” Tanomwan said. “The aroma is also totally different. I can’t make anything taste really good with store bought paste.”
I discovered a wonderful “umami” flavor in the chicken and vegetables and the nutty texture was wonderful in my mouth. Tanomwan explained that the dish goes great with rice or beer and that its spiciness can be customized.
My personal favorite is Thai fried rice. In addition to standard ingredients such as onions, carrots, eggs and pork, they add pineapple. Thai rice instead of Japanese is used giving the whole a wonderful fluffiness. This is a very mild but addicting fried rice.
As often as possible, organic or natural ingredients are used. “We wish we could grow all our own vegetables,” Yasushi said. For now, they do grow some of the herbs they use in their backyard.
Kaffir lime leaves are essential ingredients for green curry or tom yum kung.
Italian basil, Thai basil, lemon basil, lemon grass, papaya, Thai ginger, banana leaves and piper sarmentosum used in all the dishes are homegrown without using chemicals.
Special orders are occasionally prepared for customers. If you don’t feel well, you may want to ask them to make something special for you. SIAM attracts a wide range of people of all ages because of their great customer care.
Address: 136-1 Tomisato, Tamagusuku, Nanjo City, Okinawa
Hours: 11:30–14:30, 17:00–22:00
Closed: Mondays; every fourth Sunday of the month
Okinawa CLIP photo writer: Sachiko