One day last summer, a package arrived on our doorstep with Japanese characters. It was an unexpected delivery, and I quickly realized that it was a surprise package from my new friend in Okinawa, Japan (see my interviewed HERE). Though she still wishes to remain anonymous, the Japanese school teacher who so graciously allowed me to interview her about how children eat in Okinawa, sent a huge box of the Okinawan foods she described in the interview!What a treat!
I carefully laid everything out on the floor with my son and we examined what each item was. Everything was well-labelled with sticky notes, indicating sweet or savory, snack or a meal, and how to enjoy it!
We ate the more perishable items during the summer. Starting with the Okinawan donuts, which I will describe in a separate post. The snack-like items were great for summer hikes, or after camp snacks. It was so much fun to try everything!
I put the soups away for a cooler day. Well, that day came last weekend. It was a gloomy Sunday evening, my son was sick, and we all felt worn out. It was one of those days where we stayed inside and did not leave the house. No one wanted to cook, and we all wanted something warm. It was at that moment that I remembered the soups from the Okinawa surprise package!
Okinawan surprise package: soup
There were three types of bagged soups in the box and a giant ramen soup package. The bagged soups were sent in duplicate so we would have enough for the 3 of us to try together. This package was so thoughtfully packed!
It looked pretty good – full of meat, bamboo, shitake mushrooms, egg, daikon radish, seaweed, and some white strips of something that I could not place (perhaps fish cake?).
This soup was really good! It hit the spot! Even though this was a bagged soup, we were able to get a good idea of what an authentic Okinawan white miso soup tastes like! I will make this from scratch and post the recipe in the near future! It’s a perfect soup for a cold fall evening, or a winter lunch!
Stay tuned for more posts about the Okinawan Surprise Package!