Long popular in the East, soyfoods have only recently found a home in Western kitchens. Yet beyond tofu, many people are still at a loss about what to do with the versatile bean. Use the primer below as one might use a tour guide to a foreign culture. All these soyfoods can be found in supermarkets, natural-foods stores or Asian groceries.
What it is: These mature soybeans have been soaked then roasted, either in oil or using a dry-roasting process. Crunchy, with a texture like mealy peanuts, they’re often creatively flavored.
What to do with it: Eat them out of hand, in snack mixes or sprinkle them on salads. Store in the refrigerator for up to 3 months after opening. Because of their high calorie content, best enjoyed in small doses.