Japanese Food

Natto is cheap yet very healthy, and is a great source of protein. When eaten together, rice and soybeans provide all the essential amino acids that the human body needs. I usually have two packs (45 g x 2 = 90 g) of natto every morning, together with rice, miso soup, and other okazu (side dishes).
納豆は安い割にはとても健康に良く、また素晴らしいタンパク源です。ご飯と大豆を一緒に食べれば、人間が必要な必須アミノ酸をすべて摂ることができます。私は普段、毎朝、納豆を2パック(45 g x 2 = 90 g)をご飯、味噌汁、その他のおかずと一緒に食べています。

Here are some examples of natto:

The one in the center has this unique design:

The lid has a large dent, where small packets of sauce and mustard are placed, and the lid is covered with a sheet.

I like the one on the right the best, because it’s the cheapest where I live, and the package design is normal.

As you can see, I like to mix natto with chopped naga negi.

Here are two other examples:

The one on the right has also a unique design. It does not have a sheet inside. The sauce is also unique; it’s set with gelatinizing agent.

I personally hate this particular natto, because it does not come with mustard, and it takes time to completely mix the sauce with natto.

Here is another example, made by a local manufacturer.

Most natto sold today are made from small and very small soybeans, but this particular natto is made from large ones, and is also large in pack size (containing 85 g natto).
今日売られている納豆の大半は小粒(こつぶ)大豆や極小粒(ごくこつぶ)大豆で作られていますが、この納豆は大きな大豆でできていて、パックのサイズも大きいです(納豆が85 g入っている)。

Another example from the same manufacturer:

This product is small in size; each cup contains only 30 g natto. It is made from very small soybeans.
この製品は小さいサイズで、1カップ当たり30 gしか入ってません。極小粒大豆からできています。

I did a little experiment: I put two packs of natto in the freeze for a whole day, thawed them completely, and had them.
ちょっと実験をしました: 納豆を2パック、冷凍庫に丸一日入れ、完全に解凍してから、食べました。

No noticeable difference in flavor, but the texture became soft.

And, finally, here is one example of hikiwari natto:

The soybeans are roasted and crushed before being fermented. I used to buy this type of natto when my children were smaller. It’s also popular for use in natto maki. Besides, the people in the Tohoku district like this type.

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