Friday, 30 October 2009

Soy Bean Pate

This is a pleasantly nutty pate which is given a very rich flavor by the addition of Miso.


  • 150g dried soy beans, soaked in water overnight

  • 2 limes, sliced in half

  • 2 tbsp soy sauce

  • 50g fresh coriander

  • 4 tsp dark miso

  • 4 tbsp hot water



  1. Place the soy beans in a pan and cover with cold water.

  2. Bring to the boil and then simmer for 3 hours. If you're lucky enough to be using fresh soy beans then just boil for 5 minutes.

  3. Strain the soy beans, but keep some of the liquid they were cooked in for the hot water.

  4. Add the beans to a blender. Squeeze the juice of the limes and then grate the zest off the outside of the limes into the blender.

  5. Add the soy sauce, coriander, dark miso and the water.

  6. Blend until reasonably smooth. If the pate is too thick and just sticks to the wall of the blender then add a bit more of the water you cooked the soy beans in.

  7. Place the blended mixture into a bowl and refrigerate for at least 2 hours before serving.

  8. Serve with dry biscuits, such as crackers or water biscuits.

Serves 4 as a starter.

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