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Authenticity key to local Philippine restaurant

Date Posted: 2010-11-18

Staff at Kabayan Restaurant has been working for three years to introduce Philippine’s native cuisine to Okinawa, enthusiastically cranking out a variety of meat, fish, vegetable and noodle dishes that are the most popular in the Philippines.

Kabayan Restaurant is a labor of love for Mrs. Oshiro, who moved here 19 years ago. She started the restaurant because she, like most Filipinos, loves to cook and because she wants to introduce real, homemade food to this island.

Every dish in the restaurant is ¥550, or ¥750 for a set that includes rice. She see Pancit Bihon, with pork and a variety of vegetables and noodles as one of her most popular dishes, along with Kare-Kare, a flavorful pork leg and vegetables in peanut sauce. Lumpia Shanghai, the traditional Philippines spring roll, is also a customer favorite.

As a special, Kabayan is offering Crispy Pata, a fried whole pork leg, for ¥2,500, but only upon request.

One of the most fun aspects of running the restaurant, says Oshiro, is helping new customers get over hesitation about eating the Asian cuisine, and watching them “really get into it once they try.” She invites her repeat customers to bring along guests for a first experience in Philippines cuisine.

Kabayan is located close to Kadena Air Base, and is open 11 a.m. ~ 9 p.m. Monday through Saturday, with last orders at 8:30 p.m. There’s an English menu and Kabayan accepts U.S. dollars and Japanese yen cash only.

To visit, from Gate 2 at Kadena take left at the third traffic light, and right at the next light after the turn. Kabayan will be on your right on the second floor of a red brick building on the right. There are three free parking spaces at the restaurant.

Take out is available by calling (098) 929-3245.

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