Category: Asia

[JP] Back to the Meiji Era – Makabe Chinaa (茶処真壁ちなー)

Makabe Chinaa (茶処真壁ちなー) is a 120-year-old Okinawan folk house that has been renovated and changed to a restaurant. It's located in the suburb of Southern Okinawa, Itoman city. The house was built in 1891 and designated as a registered tangible cultural property in Japan. The house has quite a history, which had survived the fires of war, but still standing strong today. The red roof tiles and the wooden framework inside adds a touch of Okinawan and nostalgic feeling to the restaurant. It made me felt like returning to my grandparents'.

[TPE] “Taiwanese taco” – Lan Gua Bao (藍家刈包)

"Bao" has been one of the trendiest food for the past year. Just like bubble tea, not a lot of people know that it's originated from an island, Taiwan. It's most commonly known as steamed buns, pork belly buns, or ambiguously, bao, in North America. Gua bao consists of a thick slice of braised meat that's wrapped between a folded flat steamed bread. People often refer and describe it as the Chinese hamburger, but to me, it's more like taco!

[JP] Street Food Crawl – Kokusai Yatai Village

“Yatai” is a Japanese-style street food stall, which often only limited to just selling one item. Kokusai Yatai Village located in the Mashiki district of Naha city features a variety of Yatai-style small restaurants in one complex. Soon after the opening, it instantly became a hot spot among visitors and locals. There are 22 restaurants in the complex that serve dishes like sushi, yakiniku, yakitori, ramen, soba noodles and more! It's perfect for tourists who are only there for a short period of time, but would like to try everything!

[JP] More Than a Century Ryukyu Folk House – Ufuya (大家 うふやー)

If you're looking for traditional Okinawan cuisine and the phantom of Agu pork, Ufuya (大家 うふやー) is the place to go! Located in Nakayama, Nago city (mid-north of Okinawa), the restaurant was revamped from an old traditional Okinawan folk house that was built in 1901. The restaurant is really popular among the tourists, as well as the locals. It is recommended that you make the reservations, otherwise expect an hour wait!

[JP] Top of the Hill – Ishinagu (石なぐ)

Around the northern part of Okinawa, Ishinagu is a hidden gem at the top of a hill. It was an impromptu visit, because the restaurant that we originally planned to go was closed, so I had to do a quick search to see what's near by, and found this place! It's the least touristy restaurant that we've been to. Only restaurant without a foreign language menu, but the staffs and chefs were friendly, and the food and experiences made it one of the best meals we had.

[TPE] Taipei’s “Tsukiji Fish Market” – Addiction Aquatic Development (上引水產)

Besides waking up at 2 AM and go to the port to bid fishes by yourself, Addiction Aquatic Development is the place that you'll be able to get the freshest seafood in Taipei! Through wholesalers manner, and the model of direct shipment from the origin, the freshness and quality are guaranteed, as well as with reasonable pricing!  The entire market is divided into 10 sections, while the standing bar area is the most popular, where you can instantly consumed sushi and other seafood products!