soy beans

  • Spaghetti & Pasta Sweets

    Kinako Macaroni

    More than 50 years ago, in a small town in Japan, the pre-school that I went to was like child day-care, and a hot lunch or light snack was provided every day. The most memorable food I tasted at the pre-school was this ‘Kinako Macaroni’. I still fondly remember the day it was served for …

  • Azuki (Red Beans) Sweets

    Ohagi (Bota Mochi)

    This food is called ‘Ohagi’ in Japan. There is an almost identical food called ‘Bota Mochi’. During the equinoctial weeks in Spring and Autumn, this food is traditionally prepared. It is basically a ball of slightly pounded glutenous rice covered with Sweet Azuki Paste. Kinako (finely ground Roasted Soy Beans) mixed with Sugar is another …

  • Beans & Peas Dips & Spreads

    Kinako Butter

    If you can’t eat Peanut Butter or other nut spread because of allergy, this might be a good alternative. If you are interested in health benefit of Soy Beans, you should try it. ‘Kinako (きな粉)’ is finely ground Roasted Soy Beans. It is very popular in Japan, and used for many dishes, especially sweets. Most …

  • Beans & Peas Sweets

    Kinako Candies

    ‘Kinako (きな粉)’ is finely ground Roasted Soy Beans. Most Asian grocery stores sell it. I bought it from a Daiso store. ‘Kinako’ is a very popular ingredient for Japanese sweets. These candies are traditionally made with ‘Kinako’ and starch syrup called ‘Mizuame’, which is similar to corn syrup. This is a very old Japanese sweet. …

  • Beans & Peas

    Soy Sauce Marinated Edamame

    These yummy Edamame beans are great for snack or side dish for alcoholic drinks. They can be mixed with freshly cooked Rice, or mixed with other vegetables such as Daikon or Cucumber to make a salad. Flavour can be anything you like. Today I add Wasabi and enjoyed them with chilled Sake. Ingredients 1 cup …

  • Beans & Peas

    Edamame & Cream Cheese Dip

    In Melbourne where I live, ‘Edamame’ has become a quite common food. I don’t need to go to Asian grocery stores to buy them because most supermarkets sell frozen ‘Edamame’. As you probably know that ‘Edamame’ literally means ‘beans on stems’, and it is the name of a preparation of immature soybeans in the pod. …

  • Beans & Peas

    Healthy Soy Bean Nibbles

    If you like ‘Edamame’, you would like these soy beans. They are ‘Roasted Soy Beans’. Toasted or roasted soy beans are the essential food for a seasonal even called ‘Setsubun’ in Japan. February 3rd, which is the eve of the first day of spring, people in Japan scatter roasted soy beans inside and outside their …