I am a big fan of tofu,soy sauce and soybeans in general – also of rice, since I have a rice cooker that makes really perfect rice – so I was really excited this week to go for the first time shopping at an asian supermarket.
The products there were amazing, so many different kinds of noodles, nori, cans and condiments…It was quit a cultural shock though, seeing so many products and not knowing what they were, as I couldn’t read the characters of the brand names. Some of the foods are really foreign to me and I still haven’t found out what everything is (I really hope I didn’t spread shoe polisher on my bread – but if so, it was at least spicy).
One of the things I always wanted to try out was natto (fermented soybeans), and I finally got the chance to do so.It was a very tiny serving with miniature packages of mustard and soy sauce. It was slimy at first and got foamy when stirred and the smell reminded me of malt – very weird stuff.
I really liked it though and I decided to try to grow my own natto in my joghurt maker, as soon as I get hold of soybeans.
I also liked the canned seitan chunks and I decided to try to preserve my own seitan as well – my freezer just isn’t big enough for storing large amounts of seitan, so that would be a perfect, energy-saving solution.
I think some asian influenced recipes might be coming up soon…