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Recommended for “Konamono” Lovers! Okinawa’s Konamono Dishes

post : 2020.02.24 20:00



In Japan, dishes prepared with flour as the main ingredient are referred to as Konamono (Kona meaning “powder or flour”, and Mono means “things”). The most well-known Konamono dishes are Okonomiyaki and Takoyaki, but others like breads and Udon noodles are also included in the Konamono category. The Japanese certainly love their Konamono! In this article, we’ll introduce three Konamono especially for our Okinawa fans.

 


[Po-Po] A Confectionary Handed Down from the Age of the Ryukyuan Dynasty



Okinawa has many traditional confectionaries that have been passed down the generations across the centuries. One of them is the Po-Po, made with a blend of flour and eggs and cooked thin like pancakes, but with a spread of Andansu (Abura Miso or sweetly seasoned miso paste), and rolled up. The Po-Po has been enjoyed by the local people since the period of the Ryukyuan Dynasty.



The Sobe Po-Po, which is very popular among the local people and made in Sobe, Yomitan, are a little different from the regular Po-Po. The Sobe Po-Po don’t have Abura Miso inside, but instead, they blend in brown sugar in the batter to add sweetness, making this simple yet delicious treat very addictive. Sobe Po-Po and other Po-Po are available at the Yunta Market in Yomitan, so if you get a chance, stop by and pick some up. It’s delicious and fun to compare different Po-Po made by different people.



Details on Yunta Ichiba Market
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Address: 2346-11 Kina, Yomitan Village, Nakagami, Okinawa
Telephone: 098-958-1124


 


[Hirayachi] A Popular Emergency Food During a Typhoon



The second item in our list of Konamono is the Hirayachi, a popular dish that many locals often prepare and enjoy during a typhoon because they’re easy to make.



It’s a very simple dish, made by mixing flour, water, and egg, and ingredients to your liking, like a can of tuna, chives, or others. Then the batter is poured into a heated pan and it’s ready in no time. The photo above is a Hirayachi with mugwort, small sakura shrimp, shaved bonito, and thin slices of pork. This simple but tasty Okinawan dish is different with each household, with many varying ingredients. If you get a chance, try them when you’re at an Okinawan cuisine restaurant or izakaya.






 


Spectacular Sight of the Ocean Before Your eyes! Enjoying Okinawan Pizza as You Feel the Sea Breeze



Nanjo City in the southern region of Okinawa Island is peaceful and pleasant, with fields of sugarcane and other crops. In this quiet area is one of Okinawa’s most famous cafes, the Hamabe-no Chaya (teahouse on the beach). The café is introduced in numerous travel guides and magazines, and so it’s very popular with locals and visitors. Step inside and enjoy the spectacular sea that spreads before your eyes! The window frame in the café is like a picture frame, and here, you can enjoy the view all to yourself.



The menu offered at Hamabe-no Chaya to go with the view include hot sandwiches, campagne sandwiches with plenty of Okinawan fruits or vegetables, and of course, their popular pizza. The pizza toppings are fresh seasonal ingredients harvested locally, in Nanjo City. The pizza crust is simple, and has a gentle taste. The café is easily accessible from Naha Airport and downtown Naha, so plan a visit if you can.



Details on Hamabe-no Chaya
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Address: 2-1 Tamagusuku, Tamagusuku, Nanjo City, Okinawa
Telephone: 098-948-2073


We hope you enjoyed this article for Konamono-lovers, highlighting Okinawa’s Konamono selections. Easy-to-make flour mixes for Hirayachi and Po-Po are available at the local supermarkets, and they’re great to take back home with you for snacks or souvenirs, too.


Okinawa CLIP Editorial Dept.
 

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