Sweet Black Soybean


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Living Shojin Ryori

Living Shojin Ryori

By Danny Chu

Published 2018

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Kuromame has an attractive, shiny appearance and is often served in osechi ryori (traditional new year cuisine). “Mame” means health, so serving Kuromame symbolises good health. The beans are high in fibre and said to have many health benefits.


  • 100 g ( oz) kuromame (black soybean)
  • 80 g (2⅘ oz) raw sugar
  • 1 Tbsp Japanese soy sauce
  • ¼ tsp sea salt


Rinse kuromame and discard any spoilt ones. Then soak it in ample water for at least 3 hours or overnight. Discard the water.

Boil kuromame with ample water in a pot and add sugar, soy sauce and salt. Bring to a boil and then reduce heat. Simmer under low heat for about 3 hours or until soft. Remove any white foam that appears during simmering.

Remove from heat and let it cool. Refrigerate overnight so that the beans will absorb more flavour.