A Local Perspective on Life in Tsukuba, Ibaraki, Japan.

Natto, the hidden way

Did you eat natto yesterday?  In the similar sense that 7/4 was nashi (Japanese pear) day, it was 7/10 natto day yesterday!  It is said that natto is best for the body when eaten at night.  It’s beyond me why they say that so if you know, please enlighten us with that knowledge! 

For people who dislike natto, I have come up with a recipe that might even appeal to them!  It takes a little time but the end result is crunchy goodness.  Give it a try when you have the chance!

Bikkuri chive crisps:

  • one bunch of nira (chives)
  • 1/8 bunch of spinach
  • one pack of natto
  • block-style cheese, cut up into thin 1cmx2cm pieces
  • soy sauce, for dipping
  • wonton wrappers

Blanch (quickly cook in boiling water) the spinach and chives.  Remove and blend in a food processor.  Squeeze out all excess water from this vegetable blend.  Add in a pack of natto and the flavor pack, mix well.  Fill wonton wrappers with this mixture and a chunk of cheese, seal with water on the wonton edges.  Fry in some cooking oil in a pan…or, coat with oil and bake in an oven.  Serve with soy sauce while hot!

Other ideas on how to eat natto:

  • with Bolognese sauce, sprinkled with Parmesan cheese
  • served as spaghetti (like tororo soba)
  • covered with sliced cheese on toast
  • mixed up with diced avocado
  • made tempura-style
  • in Okonomiyaki or cha-han (fried rice)

I think natto is the most beneficial (health-wise) when eaten raw, so if and when possible, try to eat it without subjecting it to much heat! 

Bon apetit.

One Comment

  • toyo says:

    I eat natto in traditional way ( with rice ) in the morning for breakfast. I understand that Natto is the breakfast food for the most of the family just like Bread and jam is for the breakfast in France. I did not know that it was best for the body when eaten at night. I would like to know why, too.
    I would start eat natto for dinner if Iam convinced.