With work in Okinawa, the logical choice was to fly down a few days early, rent a motorcycle, and slurp some noodles. Ramen Riders!
The Kawasaki Z800 is smooth, fast, and uncomfortable. You've been warned.
But while my choice of motorcycles didn't end up being to my taste, my choice in ramen was spot on. Stripe Noodle has been on my radar ever since ramen superstar Miyazaki-san from Soranoiro helped open it. Beef ramen topped with a steak. It might sound strange, but when you realize that the shop is right next to a US military base, you can see the appeal.
A fantastic bowl. Despite the unusual topping, all the parts are there; great noodles and an umami-rich soup.
There are quite a number of ramen shops in Naha, the main city on Okinawa island. But with my bike, I had other plans. Plans to head north in search of sokisoba, Okinawa's own noodle dish.
But for those who dare not venture into the unknown, Stripe is a must-try in Okinawa.
And don't worry. No Japanese language skills? No problem!
Official site here.
Okinawa-ken, Nakagami-gun, Chantan-cho, Kuwae 100
Closest station: None
Open 11:00-15:00, 17:00-22:00