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Okinawan Cuisine: Goya Chanpuru Recipe

Here’s a recipe of one of the most popular dishes in Okinawa 沖縄 , Japan. Goya Chanpuru (ゴーヤチャンプル) is a famous traditional dish from Okinawa ( the southernmost prefecture of Japan). The word “Goya” means bitter gourd or bitter melon while “Chanpuru” is derived from the Indonesian word “campur” meaning “mix”. It is a stir-fry dish mainly consisting of bitter melon, tofu and Spam. Some may wonder why local Okinawans are so in love with this canned meat that is originally from the United States. Here is a brief history. Ingredients  Bitter Melon or Goya  2 pcs, medium size Tofu (firm) 300g Spam 1 can, sliced Egg 2 pcs, beaten Hon-Dashi (bonito fish soup stock) Granules 2 tbsp Katsuobushi (dried, smoked bonito flakes) for garnish Bean Sprouts 2 cups Onions 1 large, sliced Garlic 2 cloves, crushed Mirin (sweet cooking rice wine) 2 tsp Salt and Pepper Garlic Powder Carrots  1 small, thin slices (optional) Nira Chives  1/2 cup (optional) Quail Eggs 6 pcs (optional) Preparation Wash and cut the goya in half lengthwise and gently scrape off the seeds with …