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Appetizers, Vegetarian

Sweetened Black Soy Beans (Kuromame)

Sweetened Black Soy Beans (Kuromame)
Los Angeles Times

This is a must to serve on Japanese New Year. Black beans are a congratulatory dish and symbolize having an active, healthy life. If you have the time, serve them the traditional way, threaded on pine needles, which represent longevity ... Read more

Total time: 8 hours, 5 minutes plus 8 hours soaking | Makes 5 cups
  • 1 pound dried black soy beans
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 tablespoon salt
  • 1/4 cup soy sauce

Step 1Wash and soak the beans overnight in water to cover generously. Drain, reserving 4 cups of the soaking liquid. Place the beans in a Dutch oven or very large saucepan. Add the reserved liquid, the sugar, baking soda, salt and soy sauce. Bring to a boil. Remove the scum from the top and add 2 tablespoons of cold water. Cover and simmer over very low heat until the beans are tender, about 8 hours. Do not remove the lid during this process. Remove the pot from the heat and let the beans cool.


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