This Okinawan specialty is a hybrid of Japanese and Mexican cuisines with generous helping of taco meat over Japanese white rice.
You’ve heard of Tex-Mex, but how about Japa-Mex? Thanks to a large US military presence in Japan, dishes like this Taco Rice have become a regional staple in the southern island of Okinawa. It’s a hybrid dish with taco meat seasoned with soy sauce and chili powder over Japanese white rice and topped with cheese, lettuce and tomatoes. Some may call it an abomination, but as someone who loves watching food evolve, I think it’s pure genius. Check out my version over at PBS this week.