Part of tonight's dinner, a "potato" salad made with okara (soy bean curd lees). I found this recipe on the okara package and changed it here and there. It is really easy to make.
Okara "Potato" Salad :serves 4
2 tablespoons oil
1 cucumber, sliced thinly
1/2 a carrot, sliced thinly
A few slices of ham, cubed
1/4 onion, grated
1 tablespoon plain yogurt--no sugar added
1 tablespoon mayonnaise
1. Put the cucumber and carrot in a bowl and sprinkle salt on to it. Let sit for about 20 minutes to draw the liquid out of the veggies.
2. While the veggies are sitting, put 2 tablespoons oil into a frying pan and heat. When heated, add the okara and stir to coat with oil. (This will take out moisture in the okara.)
3. Place heated okara in a bowl and let cool. Take ham and heat through in same frying pan. Add to okara and cool.
4. Take veggies, rinse and squeeze out as much of the water as possible. Add to cooled okara and ham.
5. Add grated onion, salt and pepper to taste.
6. Add yogurt and mayo. Mix well.
NOTES: You can use whatever veggies you usually put into your regular potato salad (if you use frozen peas and carrots, just omit the salting (Step 1)). This recipe is good because okara has no distinct flavor of its own so it actually tastes like there are potatoes in the salad, even if there aren't! And you'll only use a frying pan and a couple of bowls to make this? Oh, and if you make it the night before, you can come home from work and just heat up your main dish....Dinner is served!
I also wanted to share with you something that occurs during autumn--A lot of people dry their kaki (persimmons). I've often seen them hanging off their lanais, but this was the first time I got to actually try some. My student, Kazumi, gave me some yesterday, her friend's mom dried them. Apparently, they had so many kaki, that her friend's mom was peeling kaki almost everyday!
It was interesting to see up close, they use nylon type rope and stick the stem of the kaki through the rope to "string" them up. The kaki is sweet and reminds me of dried apricots. Just be careful of the pits, they are quite hard!