What’s Kinako? It’s roasted soybean flour that goes great when you sprinkle over mochi rice cake or even in smoothie to put a nutty, earthy soy bean flavor in your food. They are loved by people from all generations, especially as wagashi(Japanese sweet treats) lovers, so when you visit Japanese themed restaurants or sweet shops, you’ll find them as a traditional, popular treat to take you into Japanese culinary experience.
Although they are famous from Japanese people, or possibly people from neighboring countries, they are still expanding the market. Today I’d like to take a moment to introduce them and help you find the food that can be your next cravings!
*This is NOT for an affiliate purpose hence I don’t get paid, so this is my very honest (spicy) review;)
Name: Kinako (Soybean Flour)
Contains: 2.82 oz (80g)
Price: $1~$3? I bought mine on sale with $1.99
Main ingredients: Soybeans
Will buy again?: maybe but not in the near future since I’m also looking for a way to enjoy them in a variety of ways!
To be honest, I didn’t like kinako when I was a kid because
- I wasn’t a big fan of beans for its flavor.
- They are powder, so once you put a bite of it, they soak up all the saliva in your mouth and try to choke you.
- Needed to make a perfect place without ANY wind. Again, it’s powder and I remember my brother accidentally hit the power button of fans and…you can guess what happened next. All the kinako spread all over the dining room and we got into a fight about who’s cleaning up the mess.
- Again, kinako is a powder so even elegant people with the perfect manner can’t eat them without making a mess.
- Since they don’t have many variety ways to enjoy home cooking, the expiration date comes in a snap.
The good thing is that sellers know those things, especially E, so usually they are in small packets with reasonable prices. Kinako is actually healthy for having high in protein, soy isoflavones (known as growing your bust, hair, anti-aging, etc) so a lot of people try to add them. They are also known for the risk when you eat too much, especially for women for causing breast cancer and cervical cancer, (it’s a big dilemma, right?) but it sounds like it’s just a rumor and experts encourage us to get them without feeling too risky.
Pro: Healthy, vegetarian, vegan friendly, gluten free
Con: not as many ways to enjoy them is available yet, even from Japanese people, not largely available outside of Asian community, need to eat in a place without wind
Enjoy home cooking and your own creation of homemade food:)