Wednesday, January 23, 2008


Edamame lo mein (recipe in the comments)
Blood orange salad

Hot tea
Sliced pears with cinnamon and sugar
M and I seem to have an overall soy quest. Regular readers know how much we seek out tofu, but we're also looking for recipes with edamame. We don't have many yet, but this one is excellent. The lo mein is flavorful and not at all greasy (as you so often find it in restaurants). The sauce is a bit sweet and sour at the same time, but not cloyingly so. Also, the edamame seems like a natural addition to the noodles and the bite of the soy beans is welcome in the dish. Often edamame seems sprinkled into a recipe, purely to add edamame, as opposed to because it makes sense to have it as an ingredient. We're not fans of those recipes. I love this with fresh fruit and blood oranges are at their peak right now. If you haven't tried them, they're very tasty, but mostly VERY beautiful. They lift you right out of winter doldrums and make you think of tropical destinations.

Prep Notes
Difficulty: Easy
Chopping: Carrot, red pepper, blood oranges, pears
Time: 30 minutes
Make ahead: I would make this one last minute.

J: "Tangy, mmmm."
M: "Got soy?"

1 comment:

J said...

Edamame Lo Mein – Eating Well
Serves 2

½ lb. whole wheat spaghetti
2 cups frozen edamame, shelled
4 scallions, thinly sliced
¼ cup oyster sauce
¼ cup rice wine vinegar
3 T soy sauce
2 T sugar
2 t sesame oil
⅛ t crushed red pepper
2 T canola oil
2 medium carrots, cut into strips
1 red bell pepper, cut into thin strips

Bring a large pot of water to a boil and add pasta and edamame. Cook, stirring occasionally until the pasta is just tender.

Place scallions, oyster sauce, vinegar, soy, sugar, sesame oil, and crushed red pepper in a medium sized jar. Shake until sugar dissolves.

Heat canola oil in a large deep skillet or wok over high heat. Add carrots and bell peppers, stirring often, cook until just beginning to soften (3-4 minutes). Add the pasta and edamame. Cook, stirring occasionally, until the pasta is crispy in spots, 1-2 minutes. Add the sauce and toss to combine.