Monday, March 8, 2010
Green Beans With Black Sesame Dressing
This is a delicious and addictive side dish that I first tasted a few years back at a local Japanese restaurant and I was lucky enough to find the recipe in a cookbook. You may use toasted white sesame seeds for the paste instead and asparagus, spinach can be used instead of the green beans.
Recipe adopted from Harumi's Japanese Cooking
300 g of green beans
4 tbs of black sesame seeds
2 tbs of mirin
1 tbs of castor sugar
2 tbs of Japanese soy
dash of sesame oil (not in the original recipe but I think it adds an extra dimension to this dish)
Top and tail the beans, slice the bean lengthwise then crosswise.
Blanch green beans for 2 minutes and refresh under cold running water and drain well.
Prepare the paste by pounding everything til you get a nice smooth paste, check for seasonings.
Mix sesame paste with green beans.
Serve as a side dish as part of a Japanese or Korean meal.