Kokuto Sabou is a unique Japanese style café, which concentrates its menu around Okinawa’s rich brown sugar. At this cafe, “kokutou,” brown sugar is used in every drink, food, and dessert. Kokutou Sabou is located in Chigasaki, which is a city located along the coastal line of Kanagawa Prefecture Japan, is well known for being a dream location for those who enjoy the beach life and surf culture. On the South side of JR Chigasaki train station, there are many cute boutiques and cafes concentrated alongside the main street, where you also find Kokuto Sabou.
Eat up a brown sugar lunch at Kokuto Sabou!
Brown Sugar in Japanese is known as “kokuto”. Thus, Kokuto Sabou is translated as Brown Sugar Café. Everything provided at this café has brown sugar in it, whether that be food, drink, or dessert. The picture above is an item from the lunch menu: brown sugar and ginger curry with a lot of grilled vegetables. Unlike other curry it has brown sugar and ginger in it, making the digestive system more active, and thus stimulating the appetite. With two mini salads on the side this lunch menu is fulfilling and healthy! The rice is mixed with 18 grains and plenty of seasonal vegetables which are balanced well with the brown sugar and ginger curry.
Relax with a cup of tea and some brown sugar
The lunch menu comes with a drink of your choice. In this picture, you see the tea of the day accompanied by the brown sugar of the week. The tea of the day on this particular day was shiso tea, (perilla beefsteak plant) tea. After having rich curry, the two pieces of sweet brown sugar provided along with this unsweetened simple tea add a nice finishing touch to your lunch that’s just right.
Aside from the tea of the day, you can also choose hot or cold coffee, mango juice, ginger ale and so on so if you want something sweet along with your curry or any other lunch menu item.
Only the best brown sugar!
Just in case people are unaware of why brown sugar is the focus of this café, let me provide a brief explanation. First and foremost, brown sugar is great for health and beauty. It has more vitamins and minerals than granulated sugar and even honey. Thus, it is said to be great for overall health as well as for beauty, such as for shiny hair and smooth skin.
At Kokuto Sabou, hey only use the best brown sugar from the islands of Okinawa, and Okinawa brown sugar is said to be the best of its kind in the world. This is the only café in Japan where you can try brown sugar from 8 islands of Okinawa. There is nowhere else like this even in Okinawa. They change the brown sugar they use each week. On this particular week, the brown sugar used was from an island of Okinawa called, Taramajima, Tarama Island.
Soak in a relaxing atmosphere and discover why this is a favorite hangout spot
I was introduced to Kokuto Sabou through word of the mouth from the locals. I went to get my hair done at the nearby hair salon and I was recommended to have lunch at Kokuto Sabou. As a matter of fact, as well as the ladies at the hair salon, there were ladies from a nearby boutique that I also stopped by using the café, as I bumped into them having a quick business meeting at the same time that I visited myself.
Its relaxing atmosphere with wooden furniture and warm earthy decorations attract many locals. It is such a popular hangout place for lunch, tea, or for having a quick business meeting that customers quickly filled the empty seats soon after my arrival. It seems the café is more popular for women than men, but considering the time and the location, it is not surprising as I visited there on a weekday at lunch.
Enjoy Okinawa’s finest brown sugar at Kokuto Sabou
Whether you are health conscious or not, going to Kokuto Sabou for lunch or tea and trying brown sugar of all types from Okinawa would be a great experience. The lunch is around 1000 JPY (8USD) with a drink included, so it is really reasonable, and it tastes great! If you happen to enjoy the brown sugar you had for lunch, you can always purchase the brown sugar at the café. The café provides selections of brown sugar items by the counter where you can purchase the brown sugar of your choice so that you can keep up being healthy and beautiful by having Okinawa’s finest brown sugar in your everyday life.
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