Pop Open Some Edamame!

While waiting on your food at Aji’s sushi restaurant in Issaquah, why not order up a side of edamame to whet your appetite? These boiled, lightly salted soybeans are a popular Japanese appetizer in many restaurants, well loved not only for their taste but for their impressive nutritional value as well.

What makes edamame unique is that it represents a “complete protein”, which is generally something you only find in the form of a meat. This means that it gives you all nine of the essential amino acids. Soybeans are the only vegetable that boasts this property, which explains why soy products are so popular among the vegan and vegetarian community. A half cup of edamame gives you more than eleven grams of protein, along with a healthy dose of calcium, zinc, iron, vitamin C, and several important B vitamins.

Edamame is boiled in its shell, and frequently mixed with a bit of salt for flavor. Diners pop the bean out of its shell with their teeth and discard the inedible husk in a provided bowl. Try it out for yourself at Aji Sushi and Grill!