Let's bite down on a bunch of chewy pig ears at an Okinawa-style restaurant located in the Ikebukuro district of Tokyo.
- What: Kachashi Restaurant (かちゃーしー 池袋店)
- Where: Suyama Building, 3 Chome−30−10, Nishiikebukuro, Tokyo [Map]
- When: Daily 5pm until 3am
- Price: ¥2,700 Yen ($7 USD) for 2.5 hours
- Why: Experience Okinawa cuisine in Tokyo
- Notes: Try the goya-champuru, mimiga (pig ears) and Okinawa seaweed.
- Similar: Awa Odori Restaurant
Okinawan cuisine is very unique, quite unknown to most people and can be considered a mix of American, Japanese and Taiwanese influences.
My friends Heather and Akiko invited me to join them on this food adventure on which I tried Mimiga, boiled pig ears. The pig ears were quite chewy but had some good dressing, and I consider it an acquired taste.
Next we tried the fried egg & spam, which is a remnant of the American influence on Okinawa cuisine. The Okinawa pizza came with onion and ginger, weird combination and I would rather classify it as a pancake than a pizza, but was definitely very tasty.
The Okinawa seaweed was the most interesting, with tiny little bubbles popping in your mouth, I am surprised that this seaweed dish isn't more known.
The atmosphere at Kachashi got really lively throughout the night, with a okinawan band playing their local folklore. Keep the alcohol flowing and get rambunctious.
If you like this video, than make sure to also watch my video: 10 Strange Japanese Dishes in Tokyo. I personally haven't been to Okinawa yet, but after experiencing this incredible culture it going on my bucket list.