This article provides an overview of bean sprouts, what it tastes like, their availability, alternative names, and of course what other ingredients make bean sprouts substitutes.
What are Bean Sprouts?
Bean sprouts are a vegetable that is grown for culinary purposes by sprouting mung beans. The mung beans are most common throughout East and Southeast Asia, where they are very easy to grow and require minimal care. Bean sprouts can be seen in various cuisines such as Chinese, Indian, Indonesian, Thai, Vietnamese, and Japanese. They are commonly added to noodle soups, salads, stir-fries, and spring rolls.
What do Bean Sprouts taste like?
Bean sprouts have a rather neutral flavor and satisfying crunchy texture, that make it a perfect ingredient in many dishes.
Are Bean Sprouts readily available in Supermarkets?
Bean sprouts should be readily available in supermarkets, where they are usually sold in packs and found in the fresh produce section.
What are some alternative names for Bean Sprouts?
Bean sprouts are the shortened name for mung bean sprouts and the names are used interchangeably in recipes.
What is a good substitute for Bean Sprouts in recipes?
Luckily, there are a number of great substitutes for bean sprouts. These include gluten-free alternatives such as:
Beansprouts are often not the most important ingredient and therefore can usually be left out of dishes, however, you will often be sacrificing texture (crunch) and freshness.
- If you do want to substitute, you can try
- Soybean Sprouts
- Snow Peas
- Leafy Greens (such as shredded iceberg lettuce)
- Enoki Mushrooms
- Sunflower Sprouts