KYOTO, Oct. 13 ― A unique takeaway shop specializing in edamame opened in Kyoto on Oct. 13, offering a new way of eating the beans while walking, with an aim to expand their consumption.
SPICE UP EDAMA Meee, located in the Sanjo Meitengai shopping arcade, a popular tourist destination in the city, serves steamed edamame beans with flavors such as butter, soy sauce or wasabi in a special container with a pocket to keep the removed pods, making it convenient for people to eat them while they walk down the street.
The beans, priced at 700 yen per container, come in eight different flavors including peperoncino and Japanese apricot. Both ends of the edamame pods are cut to let the flavors soak in.
The store, which buys edamame from growers across the country, says it hopes people will enjoy eating them as snacks rather than as nibbles to go with alcohol, a common way of having the beans.