Updated: November 13, 2019
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Shokusai Shubo Matsumoto: exquisite Agu pork shabu shabu in Naha!

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Agu pork is one of the must-have local specialties when you are in Okinawa, and one of the best ways to enjoy it is by having it in the perfect shabu shabu at the famous restaurant Shokusai Shubo Matsumoto.

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Shokusai Shubo Matsumoto

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Shokusai Shubo Matsumoto is a really famous shabu shabu restaurant in Naha city. Many tourists from the main islands of Japan make it a required stop when vacationing in Okinawa because it's said to serve one of the best Okinawan-style shabu shabu made with Okinawa's own Agu pork.

¥5,000 course only

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There are a few options on the menu but most patrons order the restaurant's signature Agu pork shabu shabu at ¥5,000. It's a bit more expensive than the average ¥3,000 shabu shabu but you really get the bang for your yen.

It's a full course with many entrees, and you first get served some Okinawan sea grapes, a must-try local specialty.
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You also get a delicate entree of mozuku seaweed in vinegar. Mozuku in vinegar is not only delicious but also one of the most potent cancer-fighting food there is.
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After a couple of entree plates, you get served the piece de resistance: a stunning platter of Agu pork slices in the shape of a rose. Shown above is a portion for three people.
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You also get a bowl of tofu and vegetables (shiitake and enoki mushrooms, Chinese cabbage, leek, mizuna).
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The way you cook shabu shabu is by first boiling the vegetables. Once they have become a little soft, you can add the pork meat.
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The Agu pork's fat will dissolve partly into the soup's broth, infusing the veggies and tofu with its delicious savoury umami.

As for the Agu pork itself, it has a characteristically sweet taste, and is particularly juicy. You'll understand why it's one of the most iconic foods of Okinawa when you try it.
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The pork is outstanding but the other claim to fame of this restaurant is its housemade ponzu dipping sauce. It's sweeter and not as sour as regular ponzu. It's also the perfect complement to the pork and other ingredients of this shabu shabu feast!

Lastly...

In the mid-price range, Matsumoto is one of the most famous restaurants in Naha, all genres included. You should definitely give it a try if you have the chance. Better make a reservation before going because the restaurant only has 20 seats.
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Japanese food culture enthusiast. Love to explore new areas and discover local specialties.

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