Natto are one of those classic Japanese foods that people either love or hate. Like Marmite or blue cheese, natto has a very strong smell and intense flavour that can definitely be an acquired taste. If natto is one of your favourite foods, then why not try some of the recipes below for a little natto versatility?
Natto on Rice
Pour a well mixed serving of natto over a bowl of freshly steamed Japanese rice. This is a traditional breakfast in Japan and the most common way in which natto is enjoyed.
Fry some garlic and onion in a pan with olive oil. Cook spaghetti according to packet instructions and add to the pan once cooked. Mix well with the onions and serve with a portion of natto on top. This is a more modern way of enjoying natto in Japan.
Mixing kimchi with a serving of natto and serve on a bed of freshly steamed Japanese rice, with a soft boiled egg on the side. This is a deliciously strong and intensely flavoured way to enjoy natto.
Natto Sushi Roll
Use chopped natto as a filling in a sushi roll. This is a way of eating natto that is gaining rapidly in popularity throughout Japan.
- Natto comes in two varieties, either whole soy beans or chopped soy beans. Choose whichever one you prefer, they both taste great.
- Even though natto are a vegetarian dish, the dashi sauce that comes in the pack contains fish so simply swap that out for a normal soy sauce if you want a vegetarian option.
- Although natto may smell quite strong, don’t let that put you off tasting it, they really are a great dish and a perfect way to eat a healthy Japanese meal! :)