Liuzhou Laowai

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Friday Food 179 – Edamame

chopsticksFriday food is a weekly article about one of the more unusual food items to be found in Liuzhou that week. This week, we are boiling beans.

“Edamame” isn’t a term you are liable to hear anywhere on the streets or markets of Liuzhou. It is the Japanese name for immature soy beans (Japanese:枝豆), known in Chinese as 毛豆  (literally “hairy bean” – yes it’s the same character as the Chairman). For historical reasons, the Japanese name was adopted in America as far back as the 1950s but didn’t enter mainstream dictionaries until the 2000s when the beans became the latest fashion among trend following gastronomes.

The most common way to eat the beans is to boil or steam the pods, then pop out the beans as a snack or starter course. They are usually served with salt. The pods are not edible. The beans can also be microwaved or roasted.

Uncooked Edamame Beans

Boiled edamame with sea salt

Also, the beans can be used to make a “edamame hummus” by blending the cooked beans with olive oil, lemon juice, salt and chili flakes. Serve with flat bread as a dip or for breakfast as here:

Edamame Hummus

Edamame beans are in season in early summer – i.e. now! Approx ¥6 / kilo.

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One Response to “Friday Food 179 – Edamame”

  1. Robert Says:

    These beans are very tasty. I recently shared a plate of these in a Japanese restaurant in Melbourne. $8 . We are lucky to have cheap, fresh quality vegetables here in Liuzhou

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