田芋 or 田いも taimo: type of taro
パイ pai: “pie” in romaji
In Nakagusuku village there is a small shop called Nakatomi Kashi-ten なかとみ菓子店 (Nakatomi sweets shop) that specializes in taimo pie. You can often find them selling their small fried pies at food events on the island or visit their shop.
The shop is on a small road off of Rt. 29 in Nakagusuku; at the turn their are purplish colored flags with the words 田いもパイ on them. Following the small signs down the road you will end up at their small shop where you can purchase the pies. Sometimes they have some seasonal sweets as well, but mostly it is just the taimo pies which are 100yen each.
The pies have a crispy fried outside and are stuffed with taimo filling. Very delicious. I recommend taking them home and reheating them, maybe adding a side of ice cream. This is one of the many unique sweets you can find in Okinawa!
Interested in more unique Okinawa Sweets? Check out these previous posts:
Famous “No” Manjuu in Shuri: のー饅頭
Fuchagi: フチャギ (more Okinawa mochi!)
Okinawa mochi, pt.3: Nantou ナントゥー餅