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Enjoy a delicious bowl of inamuduchi miso soup at Fukuya in Shuri, established 30 years ago.
post : 2017.01.20 18:00
Open Fukuya’s menu and you will notice that the names of the items inside are in the Okinawan dialect. Selections such as ueemun, kuubu, usachi, nusui, nbushii, gunboumachi, nmukujiputtoruu and so on can seem like a foreign language even to native Okinawans.
Nbushii (simmered dishes made with miso)
Nmukujiputtoruu (dishes made with potato starch)
Fukuya is located in a quiet residential area in Shuri, Naha City. Fukuya has served tasty, traditional Okinawan cuisines that attract both locals and tourists for 30 years.
Inamuduchi (also called inamuiuchi) is a traditional miso soup that is served at celebrations such as New Years day. Hisao and Yoneko Funakoshi opened the restaurant because they wanted to pass down traditional foods such as Inamuduchi to younger generations. In the beginning, their menu consisted of inamuduchi and Okinawa soba only. Nowadays, they offer 20 individual lunch items. All of their set menus are available for take-out.
The inamuduchi set (1,050 yen) includes duruwakashii, which is a deep-fried mixture of mashed taro, mushrooms, pork, jiimamii (peanut) tofu, kanpyo irichii (stir-fried dried daikon radish) and black rice. These items are familiar to locals, but probably unknown to many tourists when they hear the individual names. If you want to try traditional Okinawan foods other than the better-known items such as goya champuru (stir-fried bitter melon) or rafutee (simmered pork belly) during your stay in Okinawa, this place is perfect for you.
The miso soup is made with bonito stock and contains shiitake mushrooms, konnyaku, bamboo shoot, fish cake and pork. The secret of the rich flavor is peanut butter and sweet white miso.
Dinner items include tofuyo (fermented tofu that was palace cuisine during the Ryukyu Kingdom era), rafutee and minudaru (steamed pork fillet in black sesame paste). These are both great with Okinawa’s native sake, awamori. You can enjoy awamori labels from local Shuri breweries. Be sure to visit for lunch or dinner—for any occasion.
“We want our food to give you a smile.”
When you visit the restaurant, the hospitality of the staff, the warm, all-wood interior and the delicious food will surely bring smiles to your face.
Drop by Fukuya after visiting Shurijo Castle. They are just a five-minute walk from the castle.
1-14 Shuri Tounokuracho, Naha City, Okinawa
Hours: Lunch 11:30-15:00（last order 14:30); dinner 18:00-22:00（last order 21:00）
Okinawa CLIP photo writer: Sachiko