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Warm Hearted Okinawan Domestic Cuisine Available Here

By: KC

Date Posted: 2001-07-21

Restaurant Anma-tei that specializes in Okinawan cuisine is enjoying a boom in business. Buoyed by the recent popularity of all things Okinawan, Anma-tei (translating Mother’s Eatery in English) welcomes many guests from both in and outside Okinawa to its location in Mihama, Chatan Town.

According to restaurant manager Emiko Sakumoto, the secrets to this restaurant’s success are the warm, homelike welcome and atmosphere by its staff, reasonably priced meals and good taste that customers remember long after they have finished their meal and that makes them come back again.

Currently, the restaurant serves Okinawan summer seasonal cuisine that Sakumoto assures is guaranteed to help fight against the challenges of subtropical summer heat. Sakumoto recommends Goya-Champuru (stir-fried bitterlemon with tofu and eggs), Hechima-no-Misoni, (sponge gourd miso mix), and Mimiga-Itame (stir-fried pork ears) as the summer special menu.

Sakumoto says that “Mimiga (pork ear) is usually cooked and served with various dressings called ‘Aemono’ in Japanese, but we have our own special variety that is stir-fried and with spicy sauce.”

The broth Anma-tei serves with stir-fried and other dishes is not thick and sticky, but has a mild and pleasant taste. Goya Champuru is a very popular dish throughout Okinawa, but Anma-tei version of the dish tastes definitely different from other restaurants. The restaurant stir-fries tofu, eggs and other vegetables together with thinly sliced fresh green goya very tenderly, leaving soft and mild taste on the tongue. The result is a very special mix of taste of goya, soft tofu and eggs at the same time.

All dishes are priced very reasonably between ¥500 and ¥600.

Another feature at the restaurant is the uniquely warm smiles that Emiko and Kaori, her niece, and also the owner, and the rest of the staff greet their customers to ensure that they feel like they’re at home. Emiko explains “We are trying to create an Okinawan domestic atmosphere in order to make sure that the meals we serve not only taste as good Okinawan dishes should, but that they also feel genuine.”

Yasushi Yoshida, 30, from Naha City who came to eat soba noodles at Anma-tei, says “I have tried many places for Okinawan soba throughout the island from south to north, but I think Okinawan soba in here tastes the best.” He adds, “The meat in the soup tastes very tender and pleasant, it is unforgettable.”

Anma-Tei is located on second floor of the Carnival Park Mihama building, at Mihama, Chatan Town. The building is best recognized for the Ferris wheel on top of it. Their phone number is 098-936-3238.

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