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BAM 40: Ikura Don (Salmon Roe Rice Bowl), Shitake and Green Onion Osumashi and Salad.

BAM 39: Teriyaki Chicken, Okara salad, Daikon with Chirimen jyako and Rice.

BAM 38: Shake (Salmon) Rice, Satoimo and shimeji miso shiru, hiyayakko with komatsuna and salmon skin daikon oroshi

BAM 37: Sui-gyoza 3 (3 of 3)

BAM 36: Sui-gyoza 2 (2 of 3)

BAM 35: Cabbage Salad with Sesame Dressing, Suigyoza Soup, Eggplant and Bell Pepper Miso Stir fry and Rice

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BAM 33: Yakiniku, Kimchi, Kimchee, Soy Bean Soup and Rice

BAM 32: Wafū Pasta 3: Sansai (Mountain Vegetable) Pasta

BAM 31: Nasu no Tuskemono (Fast and Easy), Turkey Hijiki Niku Dango (Meat Ball), Negitama (Egg and green onion) Miso Soup and Rice

Cooking Perfect Stove Top Japanese Rice (Update)

BAM 30: Okonomiyaki (American-Kitchen)

BAM 29: Okonomiyaki (Buta Tama) (Easy Breezy)

BAM 28: Classic Osaka-Style Okonomiyaki (Buta tama)

BAM 27: Hiyashi Chuka

BAM 26: Southern-Japanese Build-a-Meal featuring Fried Chicken with Umeboshi Honey Dipping Sauce, Tofu Macaroni Salad and Okara Cornbread

BAM 25: Vegan Build-a-Meal Nagaimo Pancake, Lemon Daikon, Myoga and Red Potato Miso Soup and Rice.

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Ingredient in the Spotlight: Okara (Soy Pulp)

Thursday, September 23rd, 2010
Okara is soy pulp that is left over from the production of soy milk and tofu. If there is a soy milk or tofu company close to where you live, they are a great place to get cheap or sometimes free okara. I got a large container of it for 99¢ at a Japanese grocery store that gets their okara from San Jose Tofu Company. They make wonderful smooth and delicately flavored tofu.

Okara is low in fat and high in protein and is a healthy option for people looking for something new. It doesn't have a lot of flavor since most of the soy flavor is squeezed out with the soy milk which makes it a versatile ingredient. One of the most common uses of okara is unohana which is a dish flavored with dashijiru, soy sauce and sake, sugar and mixed with combination of vegetables such as carrots, gobo and shitake. Fried tofu and konnyaku is also added sometimes.

It's also a great ingredient to incorporate into dishes if you're trying to cut back on carbs. Later this week I'll introduce my vegetarian okara cornbread recipe. The okara keeps the cornbread moist and gives a twist to an old classic.

Okara is packed in containers like this or simply in plastic bags.
IITS_Okara

If the okara is packed, it's stuck together but crumbles apart easily.
IITS_Okara up close

tags: Okara 
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Soy Sauce [25]
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Rice [19]
Daikon [14]
Egg [14]
Vegan [13]
Sesame Seed Oil [12]
Chicken [11]
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Pork [6]
Miso soup [6]
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Green Onion [5]
Sugar [5]
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Hakusai [5]
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