Edamame are a great nutritional snack. I ate them first on a trip to Japan a few years ago. Normally they are hard to find in the regular supermarkets. We were fortunate on our trip to Costco recently to find them being sold there , so now when I feel like a light meal or snack I just heat these up in some salty water.
Edamame (which means stem bean) is an immature soybeans in the pod, it is also popular in the cuisine of China, Korea and Hawaii.
Edamame and other preparations of soybeans are rich in protein, dietary fiber, and micronutrients, particularly folate, manganese, phosphorus and vitamin K The balance of fatty acids in 100 grams of edamame is 361 mg of omega-3 fatty acids to 1794 mg of omega-6 fatty acids. Source : Wikipedia
A few years ago I travelled to Japan for work. I was apprehensive about communicating about my vegan food requirements as I do not speak much Japanese. Although I always learn the words to greet people and say thank you in every country I have visited. Luckily we were assigned from the Japanese company we were working for a very nice gentleman who spoke very good English. He said that I was the first vegan he had every met. He was interested about veganism and did understand why I was vegan. Anyway, I did survive thanks mainly to him as I would have been very lost without him. I found the Japanese people to be very courteous and are the most hospitable I have ever met.
Below is a photo of the vegan meal I had in a mall in Kyoto. Three types of bean curd. The flavours were very good. One flavour that I loved was the dressing on my salad which was a sesame dressing.
Recipe – Japanese Sesame Dressing
3 Tbsp rice vinegar
1 Tbsp soy sauce
1 tsp sugar
1 Tbsp sesame oil
1 tsp ground white sesame seeds (tahini)
Mix rice vinegar, soy sauce, and sugar in a small bowl.
Add ground sesame seeds and sesame oil in the dressing and stir together.
Here is a photo of the vegan meal I had at the mall.