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Rice Beat Offers a Wonderful Gluten Free Menu
post : 2018.11.26 06:00
The world is full of new health trends, but have you heard about the gluten-free diet and its great health effects? Gluten is in many of the foods that we eat on a daily basis, like breads, cakes, cookies, cereals, pasta, udon, ramen, curry, cream sauce and many others. Gluten is a type or types of protein found in grains like wheat, barley, and rye. Some people report how their physical conditions have improved by cutting down on gluten, and the gluten-free diet is becoming more and more popular.
At Rice Beat, a café (*now) located in Chatan, offers a gluten-free menu, and also a vegan menu which is made without any animal products like meat, fish, dairy, honey and others.
You may think, “Hmmm. Gluten-free and vegan. I’m not sure what exactly that would be like. I wonder if their customers are all super health conscious…” Well, it may surprise you to learn that many of the customers enjoy breads, pastas and noodles, and meats, too.
The popular dish at Rice Beat is their Tempe Plate. It is prepared with the healthy tempe which is made from fermented soy beans, and quinoa which NASA has recognized as an ideal grain, whole white sorghum and tapioca powders instead of flour, bread prepared with chia seeds, and also a serving of fresh local vegetables.
The tempe is quickly fried in oil and sprinkled with a sweet and spicy sauce, and has a great texture. Many customers have become regulars because of the great foods offered here, especially with the delightful texture of the chia seeds and the amazingly chewy and juicy breads.
Some of the customers come by, saying, “I enjoyed a yakiniku meal last night so I want to eat something that’s going to be lighter for my digestion”, explains Tami, the owner of Rice Beat. She adds, “Some people feel the difference in their bodies even if they replace their regular meals with gluten-free + vegan menu just once a week.”
A book published by Tami, titled “Rice Beat”.
Tami is known as the lady who offered wonderful dishes at the vegan restaurant, Tamie’s Kitchen, which closed in 2015 and saddened her fans. “When I was running Tamie’s Kitchen, many of the customers asked me to increase the selection of gluten-free dishes, but the restaurant was always busy and I couldn’t meet these requests. That feeling of regret stayed with me,” Tami says. That’s what made her decide to offer gluten-free menu at Rice Beat.
Rice Beat offers great meals but also a wonderful sweets menu (which are of course, gluten-free/vegan too). The cupcakes which are prepared without flour, dairy and eggs are nice and light, and I recommend it for dessert. The photo above is their Chocolate Ice Parfait, made with soy milk instead of dairy, and Okinawan brown sugar instead of white refined sugar. The portion looks big, but because it’s not heavy and the taste is fantastic, I enjoyed it the very last bite.
“Many people are actually gluten-sensitive or are allergic to gluten, and they just don’t realize it,” explained Tami. She talked about how she has seen a great number of people who used to suffer from headaches, allergy symptoms, adverse respiratory conditions, and just generally “not feeling 100% but don’t know why,” and they cut down their gluten intake and saw improvements to their health.
The dishes offered at Rice Beat are prepared with organic ingredients mostly from Okinawa and the Kyushu area, and Tami is particular about the cooking tools she uses too (she uses the same iron skillet from when she was in her teens!). Feeling good about eating delicious foods, and to becoming healthier from eating. Talk about a win-win♪
Some of you may have wondered about the gluten-free diet. Why don’t you give it a try and feel the positive effects to your body?
Address: 15-69 Mihama, Chatan, Okinawa
Hours: Weekdays 11:00-15:00 & 18:00-21:00 (Last Order @ 20:30)
Weekends: 11:00-22:00 (Last Order @ 21:00)
*Note: Rice Beat relocated to Chatan from Ginowan where it was located at the time when the original Japanese article was posted. The photos provided above are from their previous location. The shop information above and the map below is current, and are from their website.
Okinawa CLIP photo writer, Sachiko