Saturday, 6 February 2016

Review: Yutaka Soybeans With Pods

I’ve made reference to Edamame soy beans in previous blogposts and as a little legume that I enjoy eating from time to time, it was great to have the opportunity to try Yutaka’s latest offering of Edamame Soy Beans With Pods.

Photo:  Source: Yutaka

This much loved  Japanese appetiser, is stocked in supermarkets as a frozen goods item thus meaning you have the added bonus of being able to help yourself to them with a degree of leisure as they have a lenient ‘use by date’ as opposed to if you bought them fresh where the ‘use by date’ is quite short.

Pods in the Pack

Taking the amount you need from the frozen batch, let them defrost, pop the beans from their pods and then they are ready to eat.    NB: As they have to be defrosted first, then ensure you allow adequate time for that to occur prior to eating.

The pod encasings seem to retain the soy beans’ freshness which is the product’s USP, but the pods themselves need to be discarded once the beans are retrieved as they are not for consumption.

One word of warning – when you pop the beans from the pod, make sure you do so gently and carefully into a bowl or onto a plate as they fly out with great speed!

They possess a nutty, crunchy yet smoothy/waxy texture which offers an interesting contrast when paired up with other ingredients.  On a nutritional front they boast a low calorie count, are a good source of iron and calcium with a generous protein level and contain all nine amino acids.
Edamame Soybeans with Quorn mock Chicken slices

I’ve enjoyed using them on this occasion and I have found they seem to be compatible for most dishes.  Salads are the obvious choice for use and their bright green colour is quite striking when presented in a salad bowl against the redness of tomatoes for example.  Equally, I’ve used them in pasta dishes, stir-fries and I have simply just eaten them snack-style as they come! 
Edamame Soybeans with Aubergine Leftovers

Yutaka goods specialise in Japanese cooking ingredients, perfect for home cooking and are available widely.  With regard to Yutaka Edamame Soy Beans With Pods, these are now available in the frozen section in Morrisons supermarkets, priced at £2.49 for a 500g pack.

What will you make with yours?

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Disclosure:    This post has been written following receipt of a complimentary sample of Yutaka Soybeans with Pods.  Availability/pricing  at  Morrisons correct at time of this post going live.  This review was conducted honestly without bias and I was not required to produce a positive review.  For further details of my PR /policy, please see the Press, PR & Food Writing page of this website. 






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