If you’ve read our latest Okinawa feature, you must really want to fly over to enjoy the island paradise right now.
Many of us associate Okinawa with sandy beaches and clear, blue waters. But Okinawa is so much more than that. It is also home to Singaporeans’ absolute favourite thing — GOOD FOOD!
For those of us that aren’t booked on a flight there just yet, fret not, because Okinawa is bringing their awesome goodness here~
From 6 to 16 July 2017, a wide range of authentic Okinawan dishes will make an appearance in the dinner buffet selection of Triple Three at Mandarin Orchard Singapore. Partnering up with the Okinawa Prefectural Government of Japan, all the ingredients are specially flown in for the exclusive 10-day event.
I had the pleasure of taking a first glimpse (and subsequently, bites) of the delectable dishes served, and here are some of the highlights that you can expect:
The tropical climate of Okinawa makes it an ideal place to grow vegetables and fruits, said to be richer in antioxidants compared to those grown in other parts of Japan. The purple sweet potato is particularly famous and easily spotted because of its deep, intense colour. There are also several dressings to choose from to suit your tastebuds.
The very first thing that caught my eye was the strange blueish-green/orange fish that was on display at the sushi/sashimi bar. That led me to discover the amazing sashimi selection which includes my all time favourite — bluefin tuna! All sashimi is served with some umibudo (海ぶどう, sea grapes), a type of seaweed which explodes with little bursts of umami when bitten into.
Another favourite of mine, jimami tofu (ジーマーミ豆腐, peanuts tofu) is served with a generous amount of ikura (いくら, salmon roe). For the uninitiated, the dish is unlike any other tofu you’ve tried. The slightly sticky texture, coupled with its strong peanut fragrance, makes for a killer combination that goes best with a dash of soy sauce.
Try Taco Rice, a popular Okinawa-America fusion made with taco-flavored ground beef served on a bed of rice, topped with shredded cheese, shredded lettuce, tomato and salsa. Plenty of other cooked food such as tempura and a baked goods section including freshly made bread is available too!
End off your Okinawa culinary fiesta with some irresistible sweet treats. Tuck into purple sweet potato tart, chocolate and coconut/pandan flavoured sata andagi (a type of fried donut), hibiscus cheesecake and jimami tofu with pineapple compote. All the desserts were top notch, made with care and tasted heavenly; after my first round, I decided to immediately forgo my diet and reload my plate.
Aside from that, diners can also get to enjoy Okinawa’s delicious Orion Beer! So wait no more, reserve your spot today!!
The Okinawa Food Fest is priced at $108++ for adults and $48++ for children (aged 6 to 12), and available from 6.30pm to 10pm daily. DBS/POSB/UOB credit card members enjoy 50% off every second adult diner (up to eight diners per card).
Triple Three @ Meritus Hotels & Resorts 333 Orchard Road, Level 5 Tel: 6831 6288 Website: www.meritushotels.com/diningorchard