Meat Free Monday – Horenso gomaae and edamame

horenso1Sometimes I feel like the Western world doesn’t value Japanese starters as much they should. Whenever I go out to eat sushi, I never skip the starters – may it be wakame (seaweed salad), summer rolls, gomaae or edamame. I will show you how to do the last two in the following recipes. You can easily add them to your sushi or Japanese rice or noodle dish as a starter.


Ingredients for the horenso gomaae:

250g leaf spinach

3 tbsp tahini

1-2 tbsp light soy sauce

1 tsp sugar (healthier alternative: agave syrup)

2-3 tbsp water

3 tbsp sesame seeds, roasted


Ingredients for the edamame:

800-900g green soybeans

coarse salt


Stew the spinach, then put it in a strainer and squeeze thoroughly. Put it aside to cool down.

Mix together the tahini, soy sauce, sugar, water and 2 tbsp of the sesame seeds until you get a smooth sauce.

Cut the spinach in streaks of about 10cm.

To serve, put the spinach into 2 little bowls, pour the sauce over it and garnish with the remaining sesame seeds.

For the edamame, boil the (mostly) deep-frozen soybeans for 5 minutes. After draining, rinse them with hot water.

Put the soybeans in a bowl and dredge with coarse salt to your like. They taste best hot, but you can also serve them cold.


Monique Chambers

Monique started indulge in 2011 and has since created Indulge Me GIFT and Indulge Me FOOD and volume 1 of The Artists Directory - Malta. A marketing professional by trade, Monique's passion is to promote local talent and Malta in general. Free time is her biggest indulgence, when she can tinker in her craft room or the kitchen, or be selfish with a book, the sofa and good glass of wine (of course, wearing something beautiful and with freshly coiffed hair!)

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