Green soy beans, served in the pod

Green soy beans, served in the pod

Mao dou

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Every Grain of Rice
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Chris Terry

Young green soy beans, served in the pod, have become popular in Japanese restaurants in the West, which is why they are often known by their Japanese name, edamame. They are also a favourite snack in Sichuan, where they might be offered with beer, alongside salted duck eggs, peanuts and aromatic cold meats. In Chinese, they are known as mao dou, ‘hairy beans’, because of the furry skins of their pods.

Ingredients

Quantity Ingredient
salt
1 piece ginger, unpeeled
a few pinches whole sichuan pepper
300g frozen soy beans, in their pods

Method

  1. Bring a panful of water to a boil and add salt. Crush the ginger slightly with the flat of a cleaver blade or a rolling pin and add to the pan with the Sichuan pepper and the beans.
  2. Return to a boil, then reduce the heat and simmer for about five minutes. Drain well and serve at room temperature.
  3. Invite your guests to squeeze the beans from the pods and eat them. The furry pods should be discarded.
Tags:
Chinese
Sichuanese
Asian
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