Cooking Local: Fujimame Stir Fry

Fujimama Stir Fry l Okinawa Hai!

CONTRIBUTED BY KELLY GILLOTTI

Fujimama Stir Fry l Okinawa Hai!

I’m enamored with the array of purple vegetables that I find in Okinawan farmer’s markets. One such delight is the fujimame (フジマメ), but it is also known by several other names including hyacinth bean, dolichos lab-lab, pharaoh bean, Egyptian bean, Indian bean, and Chinese flowering bean. It’s no surprise that this bean gets around, considering its beautiful appearance and crisp texture.

Fujimame Stir Fry l Okinawa Hai!

Fujimame resembles a wide flat snow-pea pod, so I featured it in a quick stir-fry.

Fujimame Stir Fry l Okinawa Hai!

Having recently acquired a wealth of glass noodles from departing friends, I felt that they would be a good match for this stir-fry. Glass noodles are made from starch and are sometimes called cellophane noodles or bean threads. They look similar to rice noodles, except that they turn clear when cooked.

Fujimame Stir Fry l Okinawa Hai!

The recipe:

  • 1 package of fujimame, maybe 200 grams (ends trimmed and spine removed) (フジマメ)
  • 1/2 onion, thinly sliced
  • 4 ounces glass noodles (roughly half a package)
  • 1 tbsp ghee (http://naturallydiy.com/2013/05/14/101/)
  • 2 handfuls of bean sprouts  or moyashi(もやし)
  • ¼ cup soy sauce or shoyu(しょゆ)
  • 1 tbsp brown sugar or kokutou (こくとう)
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • ½ tbsp ginger or shouga, minced (ショウガ)
  • 1-2 tbsp toasted sesame seed oil  or gomaabura(ごまあぶら)
  • 2 tbsp toasted sesame seeds or shirogoma (しろごま)
  • 2 tbsp peanuts
  • 2 tbsp cilantro, chopped

Bring a pot of water to a boil, remove from heat, and add the glass noodles. Soak the noodles in the hot water for 8 minutes then drain into a colander. Run cold water over the noodles and use some kitchen shears to cut the noodles into smaller pieces. This doesn’t need to be perfect. Once the noodles are cooled and cut, mix in the sesame seed oil to prevent the noodles from sticking together or drying out.

In a large skillet, heat the ghee and add the onion, ginger, and garlic. Sauté for two minutes, stirring occasionally, then add the fujimame and bean sprouts.

Fujimame Stir Fry l Okinawa Hai!

Once these have been cooking for five to seven minutes, add the brown sugar and soy sauce. Toss in the noodles, mix well, and transfer to bowls. Top with toasted sesame seeds, peanuts, and cilantro.

Fujimame Stir Fry l Okinawa Hai!

LEAVE A REPLY

Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here