Natto salad

Serves 2

Nattō (納豆) is a traditional Japanese food made from soybeans fermented with Bacillus subtilis. Sources differ about the earliest origin of nattō. The materials and tools needed to produce nattō have been commonly available in Japan since ancient times; one source[puts the first use of nattō in the Jōmon period(10,000–300 BC). According to other sources[the product may have originated in China during the Zhou Dynasty (1134-246 BC). There is also the story about Minamoto no Yoshiie who was on a battle campaign in northeastern Japan between 1086 and 1088 when one day they were attacked while boiling soybeans for their horses. They hurriedly packed up the beans, and did not open the straw bags until a few days later, by which time the beans had fermented. The soldiers ate it anyway, and liked the taste, so they offered some to Yoshiie, who also liked the taste. A third source places the origin of nattō more recently, in the Edo period (1603–1867).[It is even possible that the product was discovered independently at different times. One significant change in the production of nattō happened in the Taishō period (1912–1926), when researchers discovered a way to produce a nattō starter culture containing Bacillus natto without the need for straw. This simplified production and permitted more consistency. (Wikipedia)

I taste natto only after my 1 year stay in Sendai and that was in a restaurant, our favorite restaurant. For me it was refreshing and innovative where they served natto as a beautiful salad in combination with other ingredients. The sauce was delicious too. After that natto will always be in our menu and our toddler loves it very much. It is easy to prepare.

1 half boiled egg
1 box of natto
1 spring onion, only the green part
1 bag of green salad
1/2 small onion

Japanese dressing:
1/2 small onion
1/2 sugar
5 tbs soyu
3 tbs sesam seed oil
3 tbs apple vinegar
1/3 cup vegetable oil

How to prepare:
-mix the mustard and sauce with the natto and place in the bowl
-peel the half boiled egg, place in the bowl and crush
-cut the green onions, thinly and place in the bowl
-wash, drain and cut the salad leaves and arrange on the plate
-grate onion thinly on top of the green salad
-dice the onion into small pieces
-add all the remaining ingredient for the salad
-drizzle the dressing on top of the salad


13 thoughts on “Natto salad

  1. I have seen natto in comic books like Kobo Chan but I have never tried it. I think I should try to find some… 😀

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