Everyday Meals Goya Champloo & Salmon Rice July 26, 2018 / by Junko I brought back many summer vegetables including Goya (bitter melon) from my mom’s garden and I made Goya Champloo (we call it Goya Chanpuru‘ゴーヤチャンプルー’) for my lunch today. This bitter melon stir fry is an Okinawa dish and very popular for hot summer days. It is a very nutritious balanced dish. Goya is rich in vitamin C, calcium, iron, dietary fiber. The dish generally consists of tofu combined with some kind of vegetable, pork, and egg, and are cooked with dashi seasoning. This will help you beat the summer heat! Chanpuru is an Okinawan word for “something mixed” In Okinawa, luncheon meat such as Spam is often used instead of pork. Spam is not typically used in mainland Japan but it is more common in Okinawa due to the historical influence of its introduction by the US Navy. Rice mixed with grilled salmon and chopped Shiso leaves (perilla). Do you know that salmon is drawing attention globally as a super anti-aging food that is good for health, low in calories, and also prevents aging? Salmon’s main nutrition components, proteins are digested and absorbed well and contain astaxanthin with high beautiful skin effect and rich in essential fatty acids. What a perfectly healthy diet! Sweet plum salad. The plums are also from my mom’s garden 😊 Junko There are so many Japanese dishes and cultures that are not well known outside of Japan and I’m happy to introduce them to you! If you tested any of our recipes feel free to send us a photo and your comments and we will be happy to publish them, even if it wasn't a complete success! :) Seeking the best balance of being free and living a stable life in this busy city, I enjoy kitchen gardening to deepen my connection with nature. Lately, I enjoy traveling to places I’ve never been and dancing Salsa/Kizomba there. Always a traveler at heart. Freelance web/graphic designer. Coffee & chocolate addict.