It is said that the home of a soybean is East Asia, and after the 20th century it began to spread throughout the world. In Japan it began being grown about 4,000 B.C. Today it is regarded as one of the most indispensable and healthiest ingredients for Japanese cuisine.
Here's good news. According to a paper issued by a researcher from Japan's Tokushima University in 2018, daily intake of 25 grams of soybean powder, or 60 to 70 soybeans, is effective to increase muscle by 40% max.
Here are some popular soybean foods.
1. Tofu or soybean curd: You can eat it cold as "Hiya-yakko" with chopped green onion and shaved dried bonito on it. Please pour a little bit of soy sauce over it. Also you can enjoy it hot as Yudofu or boiled tofu.
2. Miso and miso soup: Miso is soybean paste, being used in a variety of dishes such as miso soup, mackerel cooked in miso, and food prepared with miso.
Miso soup most commonly contains tofu, chopped green onion, wakame seaweed, deep-fried bean curd and the like.
3. Natto: Natto, fermented soybeans with sticky texture and strong smell, is regaded as one of the healthiest foods in Japan. It is commonly eaten by putting it on the boiled rice with chopped green onion. Please pour a bit of soy sauce and enjoy it. Natto has long been more popular in eastern Japan than in western Japan.
4. Nimame: Nimame is boiled beans with chopped carrots, konjak, seaweed and the like. It is usually seasoned with soy sauce, sugar and kelp.
5. Edamame or boiled young soybean pods: They go so well with beer I sometimes can't stop having them. Super awesome! So very much "DANGEROUS!?" to me. By the way I hear Charles Chaplin, while in Japan, tried it without shelling peas jokingly. It MIGHT be good, but let's shell them.
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