Food and Food: Asia and japan19 Apr 2011 11:58 pm

Flyer from the Miyazakiya blog. I love that the name in Japanese for these food trucks is Neo Yatai, which means New Food Stall.

There is a small band of roving food trucks here on Okinawa that seem to be at festivals. They also seem to be everywhere I need them to be at the right moment. The one I have visited the most has been this nikumaki-onigiri truck called Miyazakiya.

Different flavours available. They also accept dollars!

The first time I came across it, I was soaked and miserable. I had been in Okinawa a few weeks and decided to go downtown to look at English books. Along the way it started raining and I was not prepared, blah blah blah… this truck was waiting for me and my cold wet feet and empty stomach right by the Miebashi monorail station in Naha.

The second time was when Mike and I were furniture shopping very, VERY far from our home. We were grumpy and tired, and hungry after riding the bus for a long time to get there, since these were the days before our car. There, as if by magic, was the Miyazakiya truck. Wonderful.

Nikumaki-onigiri are a dish originally from Miyazaki prefecture (hence the name of the truck), and it is essentially pork marinated in a special sauce, then wrapped around glutinous rice and grilled. I know, it sounds too simple, but it is really good. The name translates literally to “meat wrapped rice ball.”

The truck uses a little blowtorch to heat up the rice balls and they come out soft, moist and savory…yet a bit crispy. Especially satisfying on bad days. Believe me.

They come in a few different flavours, with wasabi, cheese and so on. I hope to find this truck again this summer, along with his friends selling Indian food, rice bowls, uh, whatever this stuff is and melon pan. The trucks tend to appear at festivals and in somewhat random places in between, so keep your eyes peeled.


2 Responses to “okinawa food truck, nikumaki-onigiri”

  1. on 20 Apr 2011 at 10:54 pm lisa

    There is always a stand on Kokusai…

  2. on 20 Jul 2011 at 1:12 pm Penny