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Old 03-21-2007, 03:40 AM - Thread Starter
 
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Okinawan cooking tends toward stronger and spicier flavors than Japanese food, and is more heavily influenced by Chinese cooking style.

Pork is a very important ingredient, and every part of the pig is used, from pig's feet and pig's ears to pork tripe.

Here are some menu items you might run across. Many menus list the Okinawan term first, followed by a Japanese explanation.

OKINAWAN SAMPLE MENU


rafuti -- chunks of pork stewed in awamori, soy sauce and miso

sooki -- pork stewed with bone sookibuni-- spareribs, usually flavored with salt, lemon, and/or ginger

minudaru-- pork stewed and flavored with sesame

nakami-jiru or nakami no suimono -- pork tripe soup

ashi-tibichi -- stewed pig's feet

mimigaa -- pig's ear in vinegar

deekuni -- daikon radish and pork stew

kuubuirichi -- konbu (seaweed) and pork stew

hiijaa sashimi -- raw goat meat

hiijaa-jiru -- goat meat in soup
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Is this a joke post? How does eating a lot of pork prove eating low fat plant based diets are good for you?

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Is this a joke post? How does eating a lot of pork prove eating low fat plant based diets are good for you?
Based on the winking smilie I think that it is indeed tongue-in-cheek.
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yes, I'm just being a smart ass. It's said the Okinawans are the longest living population because of their supposed minimal consumption of animal fat/protein. This is according to nutrition "experts" who clearly know little about traditional Asian cuisine!
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Oh! This is so great....People always bring up the Okinawans when they claim that the low fat thingy is so good....Thanks for this info!!!

I think we are going to have pork stew tonight

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Dh likes tripe soup, I just can't do it!
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It always bothers me when I see people in the 'nutrition' community point out the long lifespan of Okinawans but discount, or don't even mention the role that pork and lard play in their diet. I spent most of my childhood on Okinawa, and even soup was served with a big slab of pork fat on top.

My mom gave me a great Okinawan Cook Book with all sorts of traditional recipes. I love it.

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My mom gave me a great Okinawan Cook Book with all sorts of traditional recipes. I love it.
Please share one or two!

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