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Thus endeth a strange week in a recipe

My new favorite snacky:

Soak a cup* of dried soybeans overnight**
Drain and toss into a hot wok with 1 tablespoon† of peanut oil
Wok for ten minutes⁑
Sprinkle with salt‡

Keeps for days in a bowl. Tastes like popcorn, but more satisfying because it’s full of protein-y goodness. (Careful, fellas — don’t grow soy tiddies!).

Image stolen from Sincerely Nuts, a charmingly-named American online purveyor of foodstuffs. Recipes at the link look interesting, too.

Good weekend, all!

* a cup is kind of a lot. I do less in one go, usually.
** Seriously, WTF does this mean? I hate it when recipes say overnight. Is it eight hours? Is it twelve? Is there some magical alchemy that happens to food while the world sleeps?
† I need to start measuring this. I keep eyeballing it and using too much oil which is gross.
⁑ give or take. Less, and they’re chewy. More, and they’re crispy. I like them both ways.
‡ last, before you turn them out of the wok. I think it coats better if it goes on last, or perhaps it protects the surface of the wok. Chunks of coarse sea salt in a grinder is the best.


Comment from Durnedyankee
Time: March 9, 2019, 1:28 am

Chi Soybeans! Chi Soybeans!

Comment from Deborah HH
Time: March 9, 2019, 4:21 pm

Stoatie—you joked about soy tiddies! As a former breast cancer patient (cancer free for 8 years! And my tiddies are long gone), I have been cautioned to avoid soy beans and soy products where I can, and to eat sparingly of cruciferous vegetables such as cauliflower, cabbage, garden cress, bok choy, broccoli, Brussels sprouts and similar green leaf vegetables. I DO eat these vegetables but maybe that something once or twice a week. Most often I have cabbage in the form of cole slaw, our favorite instant side dish.

Comment from Some Vegetable
Time: March 9, 2019, 5:25 pm

‘What does ‘Overnight’ mean?’

I believe you are overthinking this.

In cooking, as when your boyfriend stays ‘overnight’, it is not so much about the number of hours as the resulting outcome.

If ‘overnight’ reaches the soft and mushy point everything is great.

If things are still hard, then ‘overnight’ still has some time to go.

If things have soured, then throw the bum ingredient out as something has gone wrong and no amount of waiting around will fix it.

In any event, you’ll ‘just know’ when the time comes.

Comment from Uncle Al
Time: March 9, 2019, 7:17 pm

The actual duration of “overnight” can vary a bit, especially in Barrow (a/k/a Utqiagvik), Alaska. It’s north of the Arctic Circle, and has a winter overnight of almost two months, and in summer there’s no overnight at all!

Comment from BJM
Time: March 9, 2019, 7:29 pm

Dried chickpeas (garbanzo beans)) are terrific cooked this way too….sometimes I get all fancy and toss the cooked soybeans or chickpeas in a couple of tablespoons of my fav chili powder mix and the zest of a lime. Garam masala is tasty too.

Comment from Uncle Badger
Time: March 10, 2019, 9:57 pm

And people wonder why Badgers stick to worm pie…

Comment from Pupster
Time: March 10, 2019, 10:10 pm

Do you know the difference between a chickpea and a garbanzo bean?

Comment from Uncle Al
Time: March 10, 2019, 10:34 pm

@Pupster – A water sports fan isn’t interested in having a garbanzo bean on his head.

Comment from Steve Skubinna
Time: March 11, 2019, 9:34 pm

Here’s one using garbanzo beans, or chickpeas. Chef John mentions a similar snack that’s fried, but these are roasted in a hot oven instead which takes longer but is probably tidier. Warning: recipe calls for soaking “overnight.”


Comment from S. Weasel
Time: March 11, 2019, 9:46 pm

Deborah, I confess I’m desperately confused about the relationship between soy, estrogen and women’s health. So far, I’ve had that luxury.

Comment from Pupster
Time: March 12, 2019, 12:04 am

I didn’t think it was possible to finish that joke with such flourish. Good job Uncle Al.

Comment from Uncle Al
Time: March 12, 2019, 2:00 am

@Pupster – Thank you. I did have to modify my normal delivery of that punch line for Mme. Hermine’s (mostly) genteel ambience. (-:

Comment from drew458
Time: March 12, 2019, 8:15 pm

“water sports”, eh? Ok, learn something every day.

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