Okinawan Pig’s Feet Soup (Ashitibichi)

Here’s a soup that may not be for everyone. Ashitibichi (AHSH-teh-BEE-chee), or Okinawan Pig’s Feet Soup, definitely warms the bones as the weather gets cooler. Having said that, I’m reminded that ashitibichi is also one of the most popular offerings at Honolulu’s annual Okinawan Heritage Festival, and it’s not exactly cool on Oahu, even in …

Abura Miso: Miso Paste with Seasoned Pork

This is a long-overdue post for a recipe request I received by email in December. (Sorry it took so long, Barb!) And what is this strange-looking paste that someone would actually request a recipe for it? It’s an Okinawan specialty known as Abura miso(AH-boo-rah, which means “fatty”). Why “fatty” — because, Silly Rabbit, it has …

Rafute: Melts in your mouth, not on your hashi

There are few things that bring home Okinawan cooking to me more thanRafute, a meltingly tender and succulent braised pork belly that my dad calls “Okinawan bacon” (he’s Filipino, mom’s from Okinawa). He calls it that because 40-odd years ago his mother-in-law — unsure what to feed the new “foreign” son-in-law living in her tiny …