糟毛豆 Wine Soaked Edamame
Pinyin: zāo máo dòu
Found throughout east Asia and commonly known in the west by the Japanese name edamame, the unripened soy beans are boiled in the pod with a variety of simple spices.
Soy Beans have a long and complex history with humans dating back to at least 5000 years. Great leaders and scientists alike recognized soy beans as important for not only their food value, but also for their industrial value. Soy beans became a staple crop of American agriculture only after a big push during the Great Depression that saw Henry Ford capitalizing on the industrial uses of soy beans to the tune of two bushels of beans in each and every car coming off the assembly line.
This edamame pictured above was boiled water and Chinese rice wine. It’s a simple food that is almost too simple. The beans are just beans, but the rice wine adds a little tang. Manipulating your chopsticks and sucking out the beans is entertaining and serves as a nice healthy way to start a meal.
It’s also good to remember that this dish compliments a nice cold beer perfectly.