Wednesday, 11 September 2013

Edamame - the perfect snack food

My husband and I are huge lovers of Japanese food. Raw fish, raw steak, raw scallops... we are regulars at Portside Sono, and Alan will often pick up some salmon and tuna from the fish market at Mooloolaba for our dinner.

So it makes sense that one of our go-to snacks is edamame. These are green soybeans, which you boil in salted water, and eat by squeezing beans out of pods with your fingers. It's a great appetiser or mid-afternoon snack.I buy them frozen at the various Asian grocery stores around Brisbane. A bag of 500g costs less than $5. Mad if you don't.

All you need to do is boil up lots of lovely water with some salt, add the edamame and boil for five minutes. Drain them into a colander, then tip them onto a dish, sprinkle with sea salt, and eat with your fingers.

It's always handy to have a spare bowl to put the empty pods, and a napkin to keep your fingers fresh.

If you're having them at work, just whack them in the microwave, in a covered dish, on high for a few minutes. Remember to keep the ones you don't use frozen, so they're ready for next time.