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Yumeji Suba – Dream Soba

By: David Knickerbocker

Date Posted: 2001-11-15

There’s nothing like a piping hot bowl of soba after a long day at the office! Yumeji Suba, located a few miles down Highway 20 from Kadena Gate 2 Street offers some of the most delicious soba found anywhere on Okinawa. Yumeji means dream in Japanese, and suba is Okinawan dialect for soba, and the name “Dream Soba” is not far from the truth.

Owner Hiroto Miyakuni opened his restaurant nine years ago and actually named his restaurant after Yumeji, a famous Japanese painter born in the Okayama prefecture in 1914. Miyakuni is also an artist, and some of his original artwork is on display inside his restaurant. One such painting is a self-portrait he painted ten years ago.

While visiting Yumeji Suba, I had a bowl of Mix Suba that contained a variety of pork cuts, vegetables, and noodles in broth. The restaurant has three separate sizes of soba to fill every appetite, and the difference between the smallest and largest bowls is only ¥100. I had the smallest bowl and was pleasantly full by the time I finished. The regular bowl sells for ¥650, medium goes for ¥700, and the large bowl, big enough to satisfy even the biggest appetite, costs only ¥750.

The restaurant also sells Inari sushi, a special product that is very popular with Japanese people, for ¥80 for one or ¥150 for two. Inaru sushi is vinegared rice wrapped in a golden wrapper of fried tofu.

The restaurant sells many original types of soba, but due to the popularity of the restaurant, they don’t have time to prepare each meal from scratch so they order their ingredients from a factory in Yona Shakujin to quicken the cooking process. Other types of soba sold at Yumeji Suba include tebichi suba (pork feet soba) for ¥650, kare suba (curry soba) for ¥500, soki suba (pork rib soba) for ¥650, and yasai suba (vegetable soba) for ¥650. The restaurant also sells yakisoba for ¥600 and suba ramen for ¥650.

Owner Hiroto Miyakuni doesn’t speak English, and the menus are all in Japanese, so it’d be wise of you to remember the Japanese name of the meal you’d like to order before heading out to the restaurant.

For those new to soba, soki suba has long been a favorite with many foreigners and Japanese alike and is positively a staple in my diet. Yakisoba, fried noodles with meat and vegetables and no broth, is another favorite. Delicious!

While eating a hot bowl of soba, cool off with a cold glass of nama, draft beer in Japanese. It costs only ¥450 per mug. Visitors of Yumeji Suba can either sit on tatami mats or at a table with room for 5 others depending on personal preference.

Yumeji Suba is open daily from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m., but they are closed on Wednesdays. Also, if they sell out of food, they will close early. To find Yumeji Suba, go out of Kadena Gate 2, drive straight through the intersection of Gate 2 Street and route 330 onto route 20. Continue until you pass Koza Baptist Church. A little ways further down the road, you will see an Eneos gas station on your right. Turn left here. After turning, immediately turn right. This is Yumeji Suba. Enjoy your meal!

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