Umi-Budo is known as sea grapes or green caviar. It’s latin name is Caulerpa lentillifera and they are found in the warm seas in Okinawa. Umi-Budo is one of Okinawan specialty, that’s why it is kinda difficult to find Umi-Budo in Tokyo. I searched in the internet and found that I can find it in Okinawan diner place. There is one Izakaya named Achi-Koko, which located in Yurakucho near Hibiya Station. Achi-Koko is an Izakaya which served Okinawan dish and also served Yakitori like other Izakaya does. I decided to go there to eat Umi-Budo and also try Okinawan dish.
We ordered one portion of Umi-Budo for share. When the Umi-Budo came, I was so excited to try it. The Umi-Budo was served with sanbaizu (soy sauce, vinegar, mirin, and sugar). The Umi-Budo shape is amazing. It looks like combination shape between tiny grapes and caviar. And it taste salty like fresh seawater with seaweed flavor hint. The texture taste so amazing in my mouth. It was succulent and popping in my mouth. And it really make me and my hubby so addicted to eat it up. You do know the feeling when you were eating tasty snack. Yup, it just like that feeling when I was eating the Umi-Budo.
I ordered one bowl of Okinawa Soba for my main course. Okinawa Soba, which usually simply called soba in Okinawa, is really different from common soba in Japan which made from buckwheat, but this one is more like udon. The Okinawa Soba was served with some kamaboko (fish cake), three thick slices of stewed pork belly, and garnished with sliced scallion and pickled ginger. From the appearance the Okinawa Soba looks so tasty, especially the pork belly which looks so tempting. First, I taste the broth which I found it tasted so strange for me because it doesn’t taste like typical Japanese broth. The noodles was perfectly cooked and taste similar like udon. The stewed pork belly was the star of the dish, it was very tender and melted in my mouth.
My hubby ordered one portion of octopus rice for his main course, but I didn’t take the photo because it just looks like common rice dish. He said that the Octopus rice just taste nothing special. And he also ordered some Yakitori for share. The Yakitori smell so good. It was delicately cooked. Just look at the Yakitori color, which just nice. And the chicken meat was so tender and tasted so tasty. I really love Japanese skewer. Oh, I really can’t wait to back to Tokyo again and back to Achi-Koko to eat Umi-Budo and the Yakitori again.