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okinawa-style sauteed vegetables

  • Serves: 4
  • Calories: 289 kcal
  • Total Time: 45 m
    • Prep: 35 m
    • Cook: 10 m
  • Japanese: Yasai-champuru
Okinawa-Style Sauteed Vegetables


Step 1

step 1:

In order to drain the water from the tofu, first wrap the tofu in a paper towel. Then put it on one side of the tray. Place a folded kitchen towel under the same side of the tray and lean the tray on it. Let it sit for about 30 to 60 minutes.

Step 2

step 2:

Turn the spam onto its side and slice lengthwise into 4 equal slices. Next, slice across into 8 equal slices.

Step 3

step 3:

Cut the cabbage into bite-size pieces.

Step 4

step 4:

Cut the carrot in half. Slice as shown in the pictures.

Step 5

step 5:

Peel the onion and cut in half. Cut each half into 1 cm-wide slices.

Step 6

step 6:

Cut the nira (garlic chives) into 5 cm. pieces.

Step 7

step 7:

Heat the salad oil in a frying pan. Sear the spam for a minute.

Step 8

step 8:

Remove the paper towel from the tofu and, with your hands, tear it into small pieces. Add to the spam in the frying pan.

Step 9

step 9:

When the tofu changes color, add the vegetables and saute for a few minutes over a high flame.

Step 10

step 10:

Add the soy sauce and salt, and saute for 1 minute.



The Okinawa-style dish (yasai-champuru) using spam, tofu and sauteed vegetables is unique in Japan. “Champuru” in Okinawa dialect means “jumble.” Okinawa is a small island and, being located about 645 km from the mainland, is the most southwest of prefectures in Japan.