Pork Tamago is a delicious, inexpensive and simple dish, and loved by people who live in Okinawa for a long time. You can eat it at a convenience store, restaurant and home! Pork Tamago is definitely one of the best Okinawan local foods that you should try.
Before eating it, let’s learn about the features, history, tips to make it and game-changing Pork Tamago.
Pork Tamago is very simple and tasty. The ingredients are only two things. Pork luncheon meat and eggs (tamago). You can enjoy different flavour depending on what kind of luncheon meat you use. Saltiness that meat has and eggs are a good pairing. When you eat Pork Tamago plate, you can add ketchup and mayonnaise as you like. Besides, there is still one of the classic ways to enjoy Pork Tamago, called “Pork Tamago Onigiri (rice bowl)”. The main ingredients are put inside of rice and then wrapped in dried seaweed. Actually, it was inspired by “Spam Musubi” which Hawaiian immigrants brought to Okinawa.
It is said that people who live in Okinawa eat all part of pork, and that is very important for their daily life. After World War Ⅱ, the U.S. Forces distributed luncheon meat to Okinawa people who had trouble with food shortages, and it was a really useful one because of its availability of long-term preservation and tastiness. Since then luncheon meat has been used for many kinds of Okinawan cuisine, and locals call it “Pork”.
Pork Tamago is not only eating out food but also a homemade dish that can be cooked easily. If you want to make it at home, what you only need to prepare is luncheon meat and eggs.
Some tips for making delicious Pork Tamago.
1. Cut luncheon meat thick.
2. Do not put the oil into the pan when you cook it.
3. Add a little bit of salt into the beaten egg.
Those are simple tips but makes it much better.
Game-Changing Pork Tamago Onigiri
Recently, there is a game-changing Pork Tamago Onigiri in Okinawa. Surprisingly, it not only comes with luncheon meat and eggs but also deep-fried shrimp with tartar sauce! Heartily bite into it! It makes you happy and satisfied.
One of the shops that offers this delicious onigiri is called “Pork Tamago Onigiri Honten”. There are some branches of the shop, and one of them is located at Naha Airport, so you should try when you visit Okinawa!