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Jan 13, 2011 10:12 AM

Chinese legume dishes?

I've read that legumes are eaten in China, esp by those who can't afford much meat. Aside from tofu dishes and plain edamame, I've never seen any recipe for a Chinese dish with legumes. Do they exist?

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  1. It's mostly soy. There are dishes made from mung beans and adzuki beans, though more for dessert. Peas are also used but I'm having a hard time thinking of any other legumes in widespread use.

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    1. re: wattacetti

      bean desserts are grody :)

      are there soy dishes besides the plain/roasted edamame? I guess you could add soy beans to a stir fry like anything else...

      1. re: flies

        There's a Shanghainese dish of bean curd skin strips tossed with pickled vegetable (red-in-snow), edamame (mao dou in Chinese) and sometimes pork strips that I've eaten any number of times but don't have a recipe for. Very savory.

        1. re: flies

          Oooh - I disagree. Red Bean ice cream & sweetened red-bean-paste-filled "moon" cakes are delicious.

          1. re: Breezychow

            I love, love, love red bean ice cream!

            And, there are tons of mochi styled cakes filled with different kinds of bean pastes that are delicious. I'd post the names if I knew them. I buy them packaged at the Asian market.

          2. re: flies

            There is a simmered soybean and there are of course products made out of soybean which become all sorts of other things.

        2. Aside from the usual soybean products, the Chinese also use fermented soy beans (known as "fermented black beans") in several forms. They add a lot of zing to stirfry dishes, & I try to have the basic dry salted/fermented form & the jarred paste on hand at all times. Both are available at Asian markets or online.

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          1. re: Breezychow

            those a more seasonings than main constituents.

            1. re: K K

              These are the actual bean pods and not the individual beans which would constitute the eventual legume that the OP asked about.

              1. re: wattacetti

                OK thanks for clarifying. There's also 蠶豆 which is the equivalent of broad or fava bean.

                Stir fried with garlic and snow ear funghi (Chinese receipe, might want to use google translator)


                Or the Shanghainese style, a few recipes also in Chinese



              1. Black bean paste (as a condiment and sauce)

                Bean soup (usu. with pork spareribs, ear fungus, and daikon)

                Fermented yellow beans (not tofu)

                Sprouted yellow beans