Japanese Sesame Greens

Foodista Cookbook Entry

Category: Side Dishes | Blog URL: http://tokyostation-yukari.blogspot.com/2009/11/sesame-dressed-green-beans.html

This recipe was entered in The Foodista Best of Food Blogs Cookbook contest, a compilation of the world’s best food blogs which was published in Fall 2010.


Steam greens like green beans, broccoli, or spinach.
In a mortar and pestle crush toasted sesame seeds (white or black), add a bit of sugar and some soy sauce (both to taste) and then toss in the steamed vegetables.




I am finally getting into a routine of making Shinji's bento boxes here in NYC. It is not as easy as in Japan. The first challenge is the lack of good seafood for grilling, marinating, and for topping the rice. The other major challenge is the lack of variety of vegetables. But, where there is a will there is a way. And, bottom line, is Shinji prefers to eat food we make here at home for lunch and we both agree that it is a healthier option to eating out every day.

What definitely makes it easy is to have a bento box that I can fill with four or five side dishes on one layer. The second layer is filled with rice, often simply steamed, but sometimes steamed with seafood or vegetables.

This side dish, steamed green beans dressed with a simple sesame dressing is a staple in Shinji's bento. It could not be any easier. The dressing can be used for any steamed greens including broccoli, spinach and other vegetables like carrots.




Saturday, January 2, 2010 - 5:05pm


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