On October 19 through 21, my daughter went to Okinawa on her "school trip". She bought some souvenirs for her family and friends. These are the ones for her family, except my son.
Top left to bottom right: Sata andagi, beni imo (red sweet potato) chips, beni imo tart, and chinsuko
Today, I sent my son these souvenirs, together with newly harvested Koshihikari rice and other foodstuffs.
These are very interesting local stuffs from Okinawa!
I have traveled to many parts of Japan except Okinawa as it is too far off Japan.
I hope I will visit there someday. Have you ever visited Okinawa?
Twilight man: Unfortunately, no, I've never been there. I hope I can visit it some day, too!
Interesting to see the shikuwasa juice! This juice, freshly squeezed to mix with shochu, was on offer on a menu at a yakitori place in Kyoto when I visited this past April. Unfortunately, the restaurant had run out of the fruit by the time we tried to order it! I hope to try it one day, and also to visit Okinawa! Hope your daughter enjoyed her trip :)
Amy: Yes, shikuwasa is quite intriguing. Someone says it tastes like lemon plus mikan (tangerine). I should have asked my daughter to get me some awamori (Okinawan distilled spirit)!
Sata andagi are best straight out of the fryer. They're a popular item at the Japanese church carnivals in Los Angeles.
We have a similar kind of Tart here. It is made of Flour and Banana. It is called Bonda. Good tea time snack.
Chryl: Sata andagi have made their way into the US?! That's interesting.
Yeah, any deep-fried food tasts best when piping hot!
Flour and banana!? That really sounds tasty!
Hiroyuki, I grew up attending a Soto Zen Buddhist temple in Los Angeles. They have a Obon carnival every year and they have always had a stall that sells freshly made Sata Andagi. At least 2 other churches in the area sell it at their carnivals as well.
Cheryl: Zen temple, obon carnival?! Thanks for your clarification!
Hiroyuki: In California at least, churches and temples where the majority of the attendees are Japanese-American serve both as a religious place and a cultural center, even the Christian ones. The temple my mother's family attends is just up the street from a Catholic Church whose attendees are mostly Japanese and they have similar events (just Catholic rather than Buddhist).
It is really a good Tea time snack. We add some crushed cardamom as well to give it a spicy flavor.
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