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Friday, October 1, 2021

OKINAWA NAHA MAEJIMA: Union Supermarket! The Bento section was packed with after work locals! Cheap! (Lumix TZ60)

With almost everything shut down in Naha there were few options to pick up some dinner. SO! My first Grocery Store entry is UNION!  A local supermarket to the islands. 

You can always find Spam or the beloved Tulip branded luncheon meat!  Perfect for Goya Champuru...

Spam only 257 yen! Only in Okinawa.  In Tokyo it averages around 500-600 yen a can. Unless you work at Itochu Corporation and score a can for 300 yen at their HQ on those employee sale days.

Sushi platters.

Okinawa soba section.

Taco Rice!  Everything was just a few hundred yen. 

Lots of locals and even elderly ladies shopping in this bento section. 

Cheap cheap!

The top portion of the building is all residential but super old.  I don`t think anyone lives up there anymore.  

One of my Must eats when visiting Okinawa... taco rice!  BUT!  The flavoring of the beef was kinda bland and not as good as the one at Kanehide Supermarket.

This is the Kanehide version... the minced beef is soooo flavorful!  GOTTA TRY! And the salsa sauce has a little kick to it. 

When in Okinawa... Squid Tempura for sure!

BUT. Tiny sliver of Ika hidden in this massive tempura.  Ho hum. 

And another Okinawan standard... Juushiii rice in a Onigiri style. Yum. 

Leave you with that day`s sunset with a typhoon lurking around.  If you want a great super cheap bento option to have at the beach or your hotel room definitely check out Union Supermarket Maejima branch thats conveniently located minutes from Miebashi Monorail Station.  GOGO!  Support local businesses my friends.

Restaurant Shop: Union Supermarket Maejima Branch
Address J: 〒900-0016 沖縄県那覇市前島2-6-1
Address E: 2-6-1 Maejima, Naha, Okinawa 

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Thursday, September 30, 2021

OKINAWA NAHA: Got Beef? Yappari Steak 4th jumps from 150 grams to a whopping 200 grams! Still 1,000 yen! (Sony RX100)

Okinawa in September 2021 was soooo desolate... Naha shopping district all but a ghost town.

One of the biggest selling points for Yappari steak was their generous 180 gram steak for only 1,000 yen.  Then due to Coronavirus and their distribution channels that fell to 150 grams...  BUT! As of September 1st 2021 it jumped to whopping 200 grams!  oh my. 

All meals come with an all you can eat mini salad, soup and rice bar!

Lots of salad dressings. 

My fav!  This purple looking rice.

Hidden beneath this kitchen paper is a block of lean beef!

My view... just one other diner. 

Allister - Haley on the BGM.... am I in a Hollister or Abercrombie store?

It took me forever to finish this block of beef... but the heated stone plate stayed consistently hot to grill this rarity of a rare steak!  Not a fan of super rare.  As for the texture it was just meaty... not melty tender but then again you can pay a bit more for other grades of beef here. 

Overall Yappari Steak always hits the spot with their budget high cost performance meals.  If in Okinawa definitely give the 200 gram 1,000 yen monster a try! Super family friendly too with all the spacious booths.  

Restaurant: Yappari Steak 4th Kokusai-Dori
Address J: 沖縄県那覇市牧志3-12-4 高泉ビル 2F
Address E: Okinawa, Naha, Makishi, 3-12-4
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Friday, September 24, 2021

OKINAWA HAEBARU: Rico Chicken! A bit away from touristy Naha and rotisserie garlic chicken loved by locals! (Sony RX100)

When in Okinawa you MUST seek out a rotisserie garlic chicken spot!  Half a chicken runs 800 yen and a whole 1600 yen.  This day my local Okinawan friend says he only goes to Rico Chicken monthly. My first try!

The chef was swamped with walk-in and phone orders.  

What a friendly chicken bag.

Now time to eat in my friends driveway... Hydroflask and Orion beer ready!

In the distance... 

Rainbow spotting!  But in about 15 minutes the huge Typhoon 14 started drenching this town.

Visually it looked much like any other Bueno Chicken style rotisserie but what I noticed most that it really lacked the huge volume of garlic topping that I totally enjoyed at Bueno Okinawa GO Chicken.

Some parts were tender, other juicy... but with so little garlic it kinda lacked that kick.  I`m definitely  still a fan of BUENO Okinawa GO (Garlic Onion) Chicken in Naha that's run by a super nice youth Karate instructor. 
Leave you with an Okinawa sunset view from Yaese town.

Restaurant: Rico Chicken
Address J: 沖縄県島尻郡南風原町兼城564
Address E: 564 Kanegusuku, Haebaru, Shimajiri District, Okinawa 901-1111
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