Starting this blog has brought me many friends. Some that I've met in person, some that I only know through e-mail. I am very fortunate.
During our week in Okinawa, we stopped in Chatan to visit Nate of Hwn Pake Okinawa. I've met Nate for lunch in Hawaii--he has a lot of knowledge about different types of foods and places in Hawaii.
We met him for dinner and went to his favorite restaurant, Sabani. (He lives 2 minutes from this place) By the way, Sabani is the okinawan word for fishing boat.
He's written about this place several times, so if you are interested about other dishes there check out his blog.
Nate had the butteryaki--a deep fried fish of your choice then topped with garlic and butter. The fish that Nate chose was Gara in Okinawan or Papio in Hawaiian. He enjoyed this dish as well as the sides.
Satoshi chose the Sabani teishoku. This dish came with a fish of your choice simmered in shoyu and mirin and half a lobster. The fish that Satoshi chose was called Ta-man (in Okinawan), Hamafuefuki (in Japanese) or Spangled emperor (bream) in English. (In the picture above, Satoshi's fish is the one with yellowish fins. Nate's fish is the silver one in front.) Satoshi also ordered some sashimi.
I ordered the chirashizushi. This dish was huge! It was served in a 10-12 inch bowl...Lots of sashimi and umibudou (literally sea grapes, the greenish bumpy thing in the bottom right). Umibudou is found in Okinawa. I heard that you cannot put this into the refrig or it will shrivel up.
Everything was delicious and we had a nice time chatting with Nate. Sorry, I don't know how much it all was because Nate was generous to treat us. (Thank you Nate!)
After dinner, we went to check out Nate's huge apartment (he has a 3LDK) and he also gave me all these goodies. Bacon, King's sweet bread, Best Foods mayo & Goji berries.
On our first morning back from our vacation, we had the bacon, sweet bread (with butter & guava jelly), egg & shiquasa juice (I'll post about shiquasa later) for breakfast.
Although our visit with Nate was short, it was nice to see a familiar face and spend some time together. (Thanks again Nate!)