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Soya Bean Cutlet Sandwich Made by Local Restaurant Specializing in Soya Bean Protein Popular among Travelers at Aomori Airport

Soya Bean Cutlet Sandwich Made by Local Restaurant Specializing in Soya Bean Protein Popular among Travelers at Aomori Airport

The Soya Bean Cutlet Sandwich.

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For quite a while now the Soya Bean Cutlet Sandwich, sold in limited quantities, has been a popular item among travelers at Aomori Airport in Aomori, Aomori Prefecture.

This unique sandwich swaps out the pork cutlets typical in Japan for soya beans. Mamenoya, an Aomori restaurant serving organic food and vegetarian dishes made from locally produced ingredients, created the sandwich about 15 years ago according to its "simple and tasty in one hand" concept as a product to encourage people to add nutritious foods such as soya beans to their dietary intake. There are two types of sandwiches: the Soya Bean Minced Meat Cutlet Type and the Soya Bean Meat Cutlet Type, both of which look and feel very much like real meat. Both have "meaty taste with fewer calories" that Mamenoya recommends for women regularly concerned about eating healthy.

Blue Sky (Tel: 017-739-9809), a store on the second floor of the airport's terminal, sells the sandwiches. A pack containing one sandwich cut into four bit-size pieces sells for JPY 315. Because all the sandwiches are handmade, only eight to sixteen packs are sold a day. Blue Sky says that on many days they sell out.

Mamenoya is the Tohoku region's first restaurant specializing in "soya bean protein." In addition to running restaurants that mainly serve soya beans and organic vegetables by partnering with local farmers to promote health and dietary knowledge, the company is producing Kuroishi Tofu in another Aomori city, Kuroishi, to make tofu, tofu skin, freeze-dried goods and more. The company is also now developing a new type of Soya Bean Cutlet.

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