A very Okinawan Hanukkah

Food ?? Comments Mon 22 December 2014

I'm not really sure how it happened, but at some point reminiscing over Hanukkah (this is the second year in a row I've been away from home during Hanukkah) turned into a fully fledged plan to make latkes, find jam donuts, and somehow construct a Hanukiah.

As you can imagine, this was a pretty big mission for somewhere like Okinawa (specifically, central Okinawa) - Google searches returned nothing but Facebook posts from Kadena airbase lamenting the lack of instant latke mix and the horrible variety of kosher meat available from the base commissary.

Giving up on the jam donuts (read: we couldn't find a syringe in order to, uh, make jam donuts - I'm still shocked they were so impossible to find, I thought they were some sort of worldwide staple?), we decided to improvise.


About to roll the moisture out of the grated potato using a 100 Yen towel from Daiso


Adding more oil, just for good measure




It's beautiful

Unfortunately we later found out upon eating the Hanukiah (that's not sacrilegious, is it?) that it was more like a butter cake - it wasn't even deep fried in oil!

Butter counts, right? Maybe it was the miracle of oil and butter.

Tags: japan okinawa