Saturday, April 16, 2011

soramame (take 2)

So, after my failure with soramame, the first time, I finally found some at the market and decided to try them again.

This time, I found 12 pods for 398 yen (about US$3.98), this gave me about 24 beans.

I boiled them for the 2 minutes and stopped the cooking by putting them in cold water.

Sakura ebi (sergia lucens) is also in season now and I've seen some recipe using both fava beans and this shrimp, so I wanted to try this for dinner. (this is about 3/4 cup)

This particular shrimp is colored with an edible red dye, I was looking for the natural colored ones but couldn't find them at the market.

So, after taking the beans out from the pot, I boiled my whole wheat pasta for a little under the time that was on the package.

Then, in a frying pan, I heated some olive oil, and threw in some minced garlic.
When I could smell the garlic, I added the shrimp to heat through.

Then I added the pasta and some pasta water.

I then added the fava beans and coated everything well.

At the end I ground some pepper and served.

The bean skins were a little bitter, and the overall pasta was a bit on the dry side, I think I should have added a little more oil, but this dish was tasty.

I think if I see these beans in the market again, I want to try roasting them.


Su-Lin said...

Does that mean "mame" means beans?

Wow, fava beans are not cheap in Japan! Some people like to peel the skins off the individual beans.

Kathy YL Chan said...

Colorful dish! I still can't get over how pricey the beans are...

jalna said...

What a neat dish! So different! Love the colors.

K and S said...

yes Su-Lin "mame" means beans :)

very pricey indeed Kathy :)

thanks Jalna :)

Take care everyone.

Japan Australia said...

Hi Kat,

Good to see you not giving up with the beans and trying something again with them. It is a good looking dish and love the colours with red and green.

Japan Australia

K and S said...

Thanks J-A :)

Take care.

Rowena said...

Bought more just I'll have to remember to count how many beans/pods in 3 kilos!

K and S said...

I'm sure you'll have way more beans Rowena :)

Take care.

Nami @ Just One Cookbook said...

Hmmm you really love Soramame ne. I don't know why I don't like that unique taste... Maybe if I add more flavors it will disappear. I don't see Soramame in the US so I don't have a chance to eat/try. Hawaii has similar ingredients like Japan?

Deb in Hawaii said...

I am glad you tried again with the beans. I love the colors in your shrimp and bean dish--so pretty. ;-)

K and S said...

I don't think I've ever seen these in Hawaii Nami :)

Thank you Deb in Hawaii :)

Take care you two.