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To Serve to Guests or on Special Occasions: Good Luck Tea with Black Soy Beans

To Serve to Guests or on Special Occasions: Good Luck Tea with Black Soy Beans

I began with Engi-cha (Good Fortune tea) and added black soy beans. The simmered black soy beans add a subtle sweetness to this delicious tea.

Ingredients: Serves 2 ~ 4

Simmered black soy beans (store-bought)
1 bag (140 g)
Umeboshi
1 per person
Chestnuts or walnuts (as you like)
1 per person
Green tea (Umeboshi kombu tea, or kombu tea are also good)
Enough to serve each person

Steps

1. Prepare enough hot green (Japanese) tea per person. The tea is best if it is brewed on the strong side.
2. Line a heatproof dish with parchment paper and arange about 50 g of black soy beans in a circle. The center should be empty (anything in the center will burn easily)
3. Microwave at 500 w for 1 minute and 30 seconds. This should dry out the beans. Let the beans cool down.
4. Place the beans from Step 3 into a teacup, along with the umeboshi and whatever other ingredients you have chosen. I added ume - shiso knots.
5. Gently pour in the hot tea from step 1. Let the ingredients steep for about 1 minute, and enjoy!
6. Variation: I made it with Ume Kombu Tea Here I omitted the umeboshi.

Story Behind this Recipe

This "Ofuku-cha" is a good luck tea drunk on special days such as New Year's. I added some simmered black soy beans.