Monday, July 19, 2010

Fried Edamame/Young Soy Bean/Mou Dou with Minced Meat

Fried Young Soy Beans with minced meat

It's been a while since I've posted but I'm back! Just refreshed from a trip in Göteborg where I spent a couple of days with an old Swedish class friend who will be flying back to China. We were treated to delicious home-cooked meal by her boyfriend (called shifu) and this was something I tried immediately when I got back. I normally eat the frozen edamame by boiling them for a couple of minutes and salting them after drying them like a healthy snack. However, I was informed the Chinese actually call them hairy beans (on account of the small hairs on the pea pods) and fry them like a dish. I really like the crunch of it and the fragrance the jalapeno brings to it. Add it to cold noodles (which I will post up later) makes it a really fulfilling dish!

Det var ett tag sedan jag postat men jag är tillbaka! Jag åkte till en kort resa i Göteborg några dager sedan med en gamla svenska klass kompis som kommer att flyga tillbaka till Kina. Vi var bjöds på utsökt hemlagad mat av sin pojkvän (som kallas Shifu) och detta var något jag försökte direkt när jag kom tillbaka. Jag äter normalt frysta Edamame genom att koka dem ett par minuter och saltning dem efter torkning dem, som ett hälsosamt mellanmål. Men jag var informerade i Kina, man faktiskt kallar dem hårig bönor (på grund av små hår på ärt baljor) och stek dem som en maträtt. Jag gillar verkligen kritan av den och doften av jalapeno leder till det. Lägga till det kalla nudlar (som jag kommer att lägga upp senare) gör det en riktigt uppfyller maträtt!

300g Edamame/ young soy beans/ mou dou, deshelled if you didn't get them as individuals beans already.
150-200g minced pork
1 garlic, minced
1 shallot, minced
2 jalapeno, de-seeded and sliced thinly
dash of pepper and soy sauce
Chicken stock powder to taste

Assembling for fried edamame with minced meat

  1. Heat up a pan with about 2 tablespoon cooking oil until hot, then tip in the minced garlic and shallot, sweating it till you can smell the fragrance emitting. Add in the jalapeno and stir fry for about 30 seconds.
  2. Next, add the minced meat and stir fry them until cooked. Add in a dash of soy sauce and pepper and mix it thoroughly.
  3. Add in the soy beans and stir fry them, adding in about 3 tablespoon of water, and chicken stock powder to taste. When the soy bean is done (with a slight crunch), serve them hot as a dish, or as a topping for Chinese cold noodles.


  1. Very cool recipe!! I have not tried any stir-fry with edamame before, so looks very interesting :0)

  2. Yes, it was interesting for me the first time too :) But this would be one dish I will be making quite often once I get hold of more edamame :)

  3. I've never shopped for edamame. I've seen them once at the grocery store, but were frozen. Is that the way they are sold?

  4. Yes, that's the way I bought mine here. But I was told they do come deshelled already, but you may need to ask for them by their chinese name, mou dou

  5. Thanks! I'll give this a shot one day and I'll post back! :)