Sweet Soybeans Okazu

Sweet soy bean side

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In Asia, the two most important crops are rice and soy beans. In this classic Japanese dish, soybeans are cooked in a sweet and savory liquid to a soft, melt-in-your-mouth texture. You'll often find this dish paired with rice. It's easy to make and great for bento lunches!


3 cups water
1 cup soybeans, dried
3/4 cup sugar
1/4 cup soy sauce
additional water as needed


  1. Soak the soybeans in 3 cups of water overnight.
  2. In a medium saucepan, bring the soybeans and soaking water to a boil, cover, and simmer for 2-3 hours or until you can crush a soybean easily with two fingers.
  3. Once the soybeans are cooked, add just enough water to cover the soy beans. Stir in the sugar and soy sauce and bring to a boil.
  4. Simmer for another hour.
  5. Remove from heat and enjoy immediately or store in the refrigerator for up to 5 days.


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