OK - this is an obscure one. Anyone who's eaten in a sushi restaurant may have eaten Edamame. These are whole soy beans which are cooked in their pods, spiced, and then you eat them by biting the pod and squeezing the beans into your mouth.
I'd love to get hold of some so I can munch them at home - anyone know of anywhere in SE1 that sells them unprepared so I can cook 'em and spice 'em myself?
I've looked in loads of places with no luck, so I'd love to know...
they sell them in the supermarket at Oriental City in Colindale. To get there, go to C'dale tube, turn right out of the exit and walk about 5 mins until you get to the junction with the Edgware Rd. Cross the E'ware Rd and turn right again and Oriental City is a couple of hundred yards up on your left.
you'll only find frozen at present. no one grows them for sale in this country, and they don't ship them in fresh. frozen taste great though.
if you are planning a trip to Oriental City then I'd recommend going at lunchtime as the food court there is fantastic (everything from Sth Indian, via Thai and Malyasian, to Japanese, Korean and Chinese) and good value (big plate full of food, pint of beer, plenty of change from a tenner)
[i don't have shares in the place. however, i work nearby and have fallen in love with it as it's the only decent place to eat nearby and is a real find in what's a pretty grotty area otherwise]
it's probably worth ringing up beforehand in case there's a run of SE1-ers who've cleaned out the edamame
[i'd offer to go and get some for you myself, and hand them over to you somewhere in SE1, but we're going to be so busy for the next couple of months that i don't imagine I'lll get many lunches out until after the end of Feb]