Soybeans are one of the world’s most popular and versatile food crops.
They are processed into a variety of food products, such as soy protein, tofu, soybean oil, soy sauce, miso, natto and tempeh.
Soybeans are also eaten whole, including as immature soybeans known as edamame. Traditionally eaten in Asia, edamame is gaining popularity in Western countries, where it is typically eaten as a snack.
What is Edamame?
Edamame beans are whole, immature soybeans, sometimes referred to as vegetable-type soybeans.
They are green and differ in color from regular soybeans, which are typically light brown, tan or beige.
Traditionally, they are prepared with a pinch of salt and added to soups, stews, salads and noodle dishes, or simply eaten as a snack.
Edamame is served in sushi bars and in many Chinese and Japanese restaurants.
They are naturally gluten-free and low in calories, they contain no cholesterol, and they are an excellent source of protein, iron, and calcium. They can be an important source of protein for those who follow a plant-based diet.
1. Empty edamame beans in to a large saucepan of boiling water. You should add a little salt
to the water too for flavour.
2. Simmer for 5 minutes, then drain the edamame well.
3. Serve in a bowl with some crushed sea salt and eat the beans directly from the pod.
There is nothing better than a beer and edamame in the summer.
Edamame beans can be used in many types of Japanese cuisine. Try some of these quick and easy dishes to sample some of the ways that edamame can be used.
Japanese Potato Salad
Cut up some cooked potato pieces into bite size chunks and slice some cucumber, carrot and onion into thin strips. Using Japanese Mayonnaise is important so make sure to get some Kewpie mayo for this. Add some edamame beans once you have removed them from the pods and mix up all the ingredients with a generous dollop of mayonnaise.
Vegetable Stir Fry
Mix up a variety of sweet and savoury vegetables such as edamame, onions, peppers, beansprouts, aubergine, ginger, garlic, carrots, lemongrass, shiitake mushrooms or any other vegetables you like in a large pan or wok over a high heat. Use a little soy sauce while cooking to help bring out the flavours and then serve with freshly boiled rice. Try adding some pieces of tofu before you finish cooking for a tasty vegetarian dish.
In June of Japan except Hokkaido, there are many rainy days Many people feel uncomfortable because of their high humidity. Also, this is not only uncomfortable, but it is easier for things to get moldy. In this season, Japanese chefs use very carefully the ingredients.
It is such an annoying season, but there are many SYUN foodstuff of June, the main foodstuff are as follows.
Flying fish, Japanese silver whiting, Sweet fish, Scallop
Green peas, Watercress, Broad bean, Arugula
Cherry, Bitter summer orange, Mango
Ume (Japanese apricot)
The following is a ramen with flying fish soup of the season now.
Ramen of the flying fish soup
< Ingredient 2 servings >
☆Soup · · · · · · · · · · · · 600ml
Ago-dashi pack · · · · · · 1P
Water · · · · · · 3.6 L
Concentrated ramen soup 60ml
Pepper · · · · · · · adequate
Garlic · · · · · · · 1 piece
Chinese noodle · · · · · · · 2 servings
Barbecued pork · · · · 4 pieces
Bamboo shoots · · · · · · adequate
Egg · · · · · · · 1 piece
Green onion · · · adequate
① Put 1 pack of Ago-dashi pack in boiled 3.6 L water. Take it out after boiling for 10 minutes at medium heat.
② Add Concentrated ramen soup, Ago-dashi soup of ① and crushed garlic in a pot. And then turn on fire.
③ After warming up, taste is adjusted with pepper.
④ Serve boiled Chinese noodles in the vessel, pour the ③ soup and put the ingredients of your choice.
“Tsuyu” is the rainy season in early summer in Japan.
It literally means “Plum Rain” (in Chinese characters).
We call it “Plum Rain” because plums are ripening in this time of the year.
Tsuyu is caused by the collision of cold northerly and warm southerly air masses, which results in a relatively stable bad weather front over the Japanese archipelago for several weeks.
It doesn’t rain every day during Tsuyu, but we experience various kinds of rain such as sprinkle, heavy rain and sometimes rainstorm.
In most of Japan, the rainy season lasts from the beginning of June to mid July, while it affects the islands of Okinawa about one month earlier. Only Japan’s northern most main island of Hokkaido gets barely affected by the rainy season.
Some of the traditional wooden temples and gardens look much more amazing in the rain.
People enjoy seeing beautiful hydrangeas in the rain.
There is a Japanese tradition to hand-make dolls out of white paper or cloth and hang them outside or by your window to keep the rain away and bring sunny weather.These dolls are called てるてる坊主 which literally means “shine shine monk.”
【Ume Plum Soy Sauce】
The taste of sour plum makes a perfect, refreshing summer dressing.
1 umeboshi pickled plum (large)
Pinch of Katsuo bushi
1/4 tsp rice vinegar
1 tbsp soy sauce
1 pinch of sugar
De-seed the umeboshi, mince and pound.
Mix everything together in a small bowl.