February 16, 2009

Horenso Goma Ae (Spinach Dressed with Sesame Seeds/ほうれん草の胡麻和え

For supper tonight, I made horenso goma ae (spinach dressed with sesame seeds). To make this dish, simply boil spinach, drain, put in cold water, squeeze, cut, squeeze again, and put in a bowl. Grind white sesame seeds, add soy sauce and sugar. Combine them with boiled spinach.
For one bunch of spinach, I used
8 tbsp white sesame seeds
3 tbsp soy sauce
2 tsp sugar
I don't dispose of these ends, because they are the sweetest part of a spinach plant.

I like the nutty flavor of ground sesame seeds.

I also made "moro kyu". To make moro kyu, cut cucumbers to appropriate sizes and serve with a special type of miso (moro kyu miso). I, for one, prefer regular miso to this type of miso because the latter is usually sweet and much more expensive.

Edited to add:
See also a previous post on spinach goma ae , where I used only 4 tbsp sesame seeds, instead of 8. Some people seem to like to talk about authentic recipes, but there can be no such things for any dishes, particularly home-style dishes such as this one. I encourage you to try as many sesame seeds/soy sauce/sugar ratios as necessary to find the right one for you.

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