Sharing another Okinawa Soba tonight, Byaaaaay(!)...
had been a recommendation from a close friend for a long while and
it was really great that we were able to find the afternoon to hang out
the mostly family-centric time I had spent in Okinawa. As Takaesu,
Misato Soba also resides on the first floor of a medium sized residential
apartment complex. Was a little hard to find with some construction around at the time, but google maps location here.
The relatively smaller interior also seemed recently renovated and squeaky new but still retained a very homely charm. Chilled water or hot tea abound, condiments were also your usual suspects.
The budget friendly house named Misato Soba which we both ordered includes a variety of toppings from the ubiquitous three-layer pork Sanmainiku, melty tender long-stewed cartilage nankotsu, Yushi Tofu, a slice of island Kamaboko fish cake and sprinkle of minced negi green onions. This rather full-featured medium sized bowl was for a mere ~$5.
The soup made mainly with pork bones and katsuo (dried bonito) stock I felt was deep and richer than typical. The Okinawa Soba signature all-wheat noodles were straighter and less crinkly and was also very fresh tasting. Here, fuchiba (fuuchiba, mugwort, a.k.a. Yomogi on the mainland) comes with the order which adds a strong herbal and slightly medicinal note to the dish. I tended to be conservative in use of this old school herb but the resulting flavors did strike a nostalgic note which I enjoyed.
Currently I would consider the quiet Misato Soba in my top five of favorite Okinawa Soba
shops on the island, and it's well deserved judging by quality and price. I have my friend to thank but the time that we were able to spend catching up while having the great bowl was also precious. Good times. :)