Monday, September 03, 2018

dadacha mame

Dadacha mame are a type of soybeans.

They are grown in the Tsuruoka area of Yamagata prefecture.

Dadacha is apparently an old and casual way of saying "father" in Yamagata dialect...mame is bean.

Apparently this variety is one of the most famous (they may have also been sold them in Osaka, though I've only discovered them this summer).

The membranes around the bean are darker than edamame almost black.

It is cool that we live so close to Tohoku, because we get to taste a lot of different foods from there.

After cooking them, I think they have a more smoky roasted taste than regular edamame...delicious.

My favorite way to cook them is laying them flat into a shallow pan, putting a cup of water, cover it and cooking them on high for 7 minutes.

The beans are still a little firm but it cooks super fast because they are laid out flat on the kind of cooking these days.

p.s. we have another typhoon approaching, it is supposedly a super typhoon (bigger than the one that hit last week) is forecast to hit Shikoku & Kansai tomorrow lunchtime and we will probably get high winds in the afternoon...stay safe everyone.


Helen said...

'ray for mentioning Tsuruoka and dadacha-mame! The food culture in Tsuruoka is incredibly important...UNESCO has named Tsuruoka as one of its Cities of Gastronomy and the people here are very proud of that fact.

I've lived in Tsuruoka for 20+ years and I'm still finding new and interesting things to eat.

I've never actually cooked soybeans of any type so I was interested in reading how you do it. I should check with my DH to see how he cooks them.

Anonymous said...

Years ago, we met up with an expat who ordered this saying it was much tastier than regular edamame. I didn't know the name of the beans and he just called them black soybeans. They were tasty. I look for them in Nijiya and Donki but never saw any. Too bad most (all?) Of the frozen soybeans come from China. Hard to find fresh.

K and S said...

Thanks for the info Helen. I had no idea that Tsuruoka is a UNESCO city of Gastronomy :)

Take care.

K and S said...

hope you'll get to try these when you come V!

Take care.

Rowena said...

yummmmmm! gotta check out dadacha mame on insta, so interesting!

jalna said...


K and S said...

Hope you can find them Rowena :)

Different but delicious Jalna :)

Take care you two.