‘Goma-ae’ is a kind of Japanese salad. Most commonly boiled vegetables are dressed with ‘Goma-ae’ sauce which is made of toasted sesame seeds, sugar and soy sauce. There is another type of ‘Goma-ae’ which is not sweet at all, but garlicky. If you like garlic, why don’t you try?
Asparagus 1 bunch
Garlic ‘Goma-ae’ Sauce
Salt 1/4 teaspoon
Garlic 1/2 clove *grated
Toasted Sesame Seeds 1/2 to 1 tablespoon *ground
Sesame Oil 1/2 tablespoon
Chilli or Toban Djan (Chili Bean Sauce) *optional
- Trim Asparagus and blanch in salted boiling water. Do not over cook. Dip them into cold water and drain.
- Add all the Garlic Goma-ae Sauce ingredients and combine well.
- Chilli or Toban Djan (Chili Bean Sauce) can be added.
I’ve enjoyed the standard version of goma-ae for years. When I stumbled across this today I was a little skeptical but I do like garlic! Gave it a try with spinach and it was excellent. The intensity reminded me of yuzu kosho with salt complementing very different flavors. I seasoned the finished product with ichimi togarashi instead of toban djan which worked very well.
Thank you for posting off the beaten path!
Thank you for your comment, John. Believe it or not, I have never tasted ‘Yuzu Kosho’ and I have never tried this Goma-ae with Spinach. But it would be almost same as Namul like this one. http://www.hirokoliston.com/kale-carrot-namul/
If you like Goma-ae, you might like ‘Gomamiso-ae’ as well. http://www.hirokoliston.com/kale-avocado-gomamiso-ae/