For one thing we order starters in a restaurant is to give time for dinner to arrive. One of our favorite starters in a Thai restaurant is edamame. Edamame is a Japanese name for young pods of soybean. They can be simmered, boiled, sauteed, microwaved. My family prefers steamed one and it is very refreshing with its natural flavor.
Bamboo Bistro in Artesia boulevard serves a good portion to serve for 3 in one bowl. By the time you finish eating this, your dinner will be ready. It is a small cozy restaurant with a lot of variety, flavor and good presentation of food. Picture here is from this restaurant when we ate last weekend.
Best part of edamame: it’s Nutritious
Thai restaurants usually doesn’t serve any free bread or tortilla chips before the meal arrives. Eating this as appetizer ensures avoiding extra calories. 1/2 cup cooked edamame (pods) has 9 grams of protein, 4 grams of fiber in it. What can you ask for if it is a low calorie and also provides rejuvenating antioxidants like Vitamin C and A. You can also count a portion of calcium and iron needs being met through edamame. I call this a nutrient dense option.
You can select fresh green pods or frozen are available all throughout the year.
Ways to eat:
- Brown rice can serve as great base to eat edamame. Use soy and sambal sauce to top the rice with edamame bed.
- An oriental way to eat edamame is to roll it in sticky jasmine rice rolled again in sesame seeds with olive oil. You can wrap inside sea weed to make a veggie sushi or eat plain without sea weed by dipping in gingered soy sauce.
- Sprinkle it in vegetable soups just ten minutes before you take out the soup from the heat.
- Mix it with veggies to increase the protein content.
- Make a hummus dip for pita or roti.
There are several ways you can use edamame and you will see more recipes with edamame from me.
Nutrition+ : 1/2 cup edamame has 142mg of phosphorus available for absorption ,284mg potassium, 9gm carbs