Sweet and Sour Soya Bean

Out of the cooking ingredients we buy during every trip to the market, quite a few are made of soya bean. For example tofu, soya flour, soya mince, etc. However, there are a few ways to cook the bean from its raw form, for example Crispy Deep Fried Soya Bean.

Here is another simple dish that is great as a side dish with rice, or as an alternative to baked beans.


  • 300g soya bean
  • 250ml tomato sauce
  • 40ml olive oil
  • Pinch of Sea salt
  • 20g brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon mixed herbs


  1. Heat a saucepan and fry the soya bean (without oil), till it starts to fragrant.
  2. Transfer it into a bowl of cold water, and soak till the beans have expanded and the husks start to crumple.
  3. Strain completely.
  4. Heat oil in the saucepan, stir in tomato sauce and fry till oil turns reddish.
  5. Add in soya bean and 1 cup water.
  6. Stir constantly till it is boiling, add in sea salt and brown sugar.
  7. Cook on low heat till beans are soft, then increase heat again to reduce sauce to your preferred thickness.

Versatility Note:

  1. You can, of course, alter the amount of tomato sauce and sugar according to your taste. Some people like it sweeter, but some prefer it more sour-ish.
  2. This can also be served with a fried egg, for breakfast or lunch.