Updated: October 31, 2019
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Have You Heard of 'Okinawa Soba?' (Okinawa's Local Ramen)

Okinawa soba is one of the soul foods for the people of Okinawa Japan, and one of the foods you must try while in Okinawa (or Tokyo!). What makes Okinawa's version of ramen special? read on to find out.

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What is Okinawa Soba?

Did you know? October 17th is 'Okinawa Soba Day!' It's a special day indeed for the people of Okinawa because it celebrates the anniversary of the day that the name of the dish 'Okinawa Soba' was officially recognized by the government (October 17th, 1978, 6 years after Okinawa was returned to Japan).

Although it's called Okinawa 'soba,' the noodles aren't actually soba, and are made from wheat and kansui, just like ramen noodles.
The soup has a very Japanese dashi base and is actually closer to udon soup than ramen soup. Nowadays, a standard Okinawa soba is made with a gentle salt flavored soup and is topped with pork, green onions, ginger, and other toppings.

Much like ramen in the rest of Japan, Okinawa soba was also first created when ramen was introduced from China. At that time, Okinawa was still part of the independent Ryukyu Kingdom, and until about 100 years ago, the dish was eaten mostly by members of the royal court (because wheat was an expensive ingredient.)

The dish is still beloved today and is an important part of Okinawan culinary culture.
Okinawa Soba at 'Ramen Daishi' ¥750 (Autumn only)

Okinawa Soba in Tokyo

There's a popular ramen shop in Tokyo that serves a great bowl of Okinawa soba as a limited edition ramen in the autumn. That shop is called 'Ramen Daishi' and you can head there until the end of November to try the limited edition, delicious bowl of noodles.
The umami-filled soup is made by adding tonkotsu base and tuna dashi to the shop's chicken base, making a wonderfully balanced and totally original version of Okinawa soba.

If you're curious to try great Okinawa soba in Tokyo, this is the place to check out!
I live in west Tokyo and spend most of my time thinking about food or going bouldering.

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