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Chilled Green Soybean Soup
(Serves 4)


  • 3 1/3 tablespoons mirin (fermented rice condiment)
  • 4 cups water
  • 2 tablespoons natural sea salt
  • 3 cups edamame (podded green soybeans)
  • 3/4 cup katsuo dashi (bonito stock – vegetable stock can be substituted but will give a different flavor)
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 3 1/3 tablespoons milk
  • pinch natural sea salt
  • 4 sprigs chervil

Put mirin in a saucepan and boil off the alcohol content to leave about 2 tablespoons. Cool and reserve.

Bring the water and sea salt to a boil in a large pot of water over high heat and boil soybeans for 5 minutes. Drain and plunge into a bowl of iced water. When completely cooled, drain and pat dry.

Peel the thin skin off the beans. Set 4 beans aside to garnish, then puree the remainder in a blender with the stock. Add mirin, sugar, and milk and continue to blend. Pass the mixture through a fine sieve and mash any remaining bits. Taste and add salt if necessary. Chill.

Pour chilled soup into cups and float one soybean and a sprig of chervil in each if desired for garnish.

Next: Cucumber and Avocado Soup

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12:29PM PDT on Sep 2, 2013

thank you the mood for some soup

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2:48PM PDT on Jun 25, 2013


12:32AM PDT on May 28, 2012

These sound delicious. Thank you too for the non-dairy alternatives.

11:16AM PDT on Oct 22, 2011


9:53AM PDT on Sep 20, 2011

Sounds delicious. Soup, no matter the season, is one of my favorite foods.

6:52PM PDT on Sep 9, 2011

Simple & sounds yummy.

10:49PM PDT on Aug 6, 2011

These recipes look good. I've just started experimenting with cold soups and will now try the cucumber and avocado one too.
Thank you for sharing them.

2:16PM PDT on Aug 2, 2011

I hate cucumber, but I can make gazpacho without it, and the other two seem very good, gonna try them!

10:48PM PDT on Jul 31, 2011

I love chilled soups. I will try these recipes. Thanks.

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