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What is Natto?
Natto is fermented soybeans and is known as a traditional Japanese superfood that has high nutritional value. It goes great with rice and a little bit of shoyu as you can find Japanese have it especially in the morning but don’t be surprised to find them sometimes also have it for lunch or dinner. Natto is usually available in 3 pieces in a pack and is easily found in supermarkets, convenience stores, even food corners at some drugstores at an incredibly cheap!
This superfood is sticky and stringy with a gooey texture, don’t miss to mention its unique strong pungent-like smell which somehow makes foreigners feel reluctant to try. However, natto contains abundant nutrition, rich in protein, vitamins such as vitamin B2, B6, and vitamin E, minerals such as magnesium, potassium, zinc, and more, according to Takano Foods Co., Ltd, one of Japan’s major soy product producers. The consumption of natto is believed to improved blood flow and reduced the risk of stroke.
Is Natto Halal?
Natto itself is fermented by Bacillus subtilis (natto-kin / natto bacteria) that break down proteins, which is different from other fermented foods that break down sugar to produce alcohol during the fermentation process. In short, the natto itself can be consumed by Muslims at ease.
However, what we should pay attention to is the sauce attached. Most of the natto sauce contains a low percentage of alcohol. It doesn’t make consumer the feel of getting drunk but better to avoid if you worried or not sure about it.
How to Enjoy Natto?
Natto is actually taste nice with any sauce as your liking, from regular soy sauce to yakiniku sauce. You can challenge yourself to add raw egg and a slight of soy sauce to enjoy it like a Japanese!
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