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Gluten-free café in Ginowan City – Rice Beat

post : 2016.12.19 18:00

Many healthy diets are available nowadays. Have you heard of gluten-free diets? Gluten is in foods such as in bread, pastries, cookies, cereals, noodles – even certain sauces. A type of protein, large amounts of gluten are in grains such as wheat and rye. Many people feel healthier on gluten-free diets and this has spawned a new lifestyle geared toward health.

Rice Beat in Ginowan serves gluten-free, healthy foods for vegans.


You may think it is hard to enjoy food without gluten or meat and you might wonder what kind of people enjoy these kinds of foods. According to the owner, you may be surprised to learn that many Rice Beat customers enjoy their noodles or meat


The Tempeh Plate is a popular selection. This tasty meal contains tempeh (boiled and fermented soy beans), quinoa, tapioca and chia seed bread and vegetables.



Deep fried tempeh with soy sauce has a texture like steamed potatoes. Quinoa pops in your mouth and the bread has an addicting chewiness. This item always gains repeat customers.


“I had BBQ yesterday,” said one customer. “So, I wanted to eat something healthy today.” Owner Tamie hears such stories all the time. “Some people feel a positive difference in their health even with a once-a-week habit of eating gluten-free and vegan food, “ she said.

Tamie published a book called Rice beat


A vegan restaurant she used to own, Tamie’s Kitchen, closed in 2015. “I wanted to serve more  gluten-free foods back then,” she said. “But, I was too busy. Now, my dream came true.”


Try the gluten or vegan sweets after your meal. The egg-free, dairy-free cupcakes are light and delicious and make a perfect after-lunch dessert. Tamie's chocolate ice cream puffs are surprisingly light and very delicate. Soy milk and local brown sugar are used as substitutes for milk and processed sugar.


“I'm sure many people don’t even realize that they are allergic to gluten,” Tamie said. She suggests that people try reducing the amount of gluten in their diet if they don’t feel good for no specific reasons.


Tamie uses mostly organic or wheat flour from the Kitakyushu area in her cooking. Her choice of utensils is also one of her secrets for the tasty food – her trusty iron pan has been in use since she was a teenager. Come for a visit and enjoy her delicious, healthy food


rice beat
Address: 2-1-13 Ojana, Ginowan City, Okinawa

Tel: 098-943-7913

Hours: Wed-Thurs 11:00-18:00(L.O.17:00); Mon, Fri, Sat and Sun 11:00-21:00(L.O. 21:00)


Closed: Tuesday



Okinawa CLIP photo writer: Sachiko