- 175g (6 oz.) frozen whole green beans
- a pinch of salt
For the dressing:
- 1 tablespoon toasted sesame seeds
- 1 tablespoon caster sugar *
- 2/3 tablespoon dashi stock **
- 1/2 tablespoon miso paste
- 1 tablespoon soy sauce
Sesame enjoys a reputation of being a healthy food in Japan and both black and white sesame are common ingredients in Japanese cuisine. To toast the seeds for this recipe, simply put them in a frying pan without oil then heat while stirring until the seeds have puffed up and you can smell the distinctive aroma of sesame.
1. Boil the beans in a pan of water for 5 minutes or until tender.
2. Finely grind the sesame seeds in a pestle and mortar or in a coffee grinder. Add the sugar, dashi, miso paste and soy sauce and mix together well.
3. Toss the green beans in the sesame dressing and serve as a side dish.
* Caster sugar is superfine granulated sugar.
** See the recipe for dashi (Japanese fish stock); you can also make instant dashi from freeze-dried granules, available in many Asian grocery stores.
Reprinted with permission from the book:
Japanese Cooking for Two
Periplus Editions (HK) Ltd.
Japanese Cooking for Two is a revelation to anyone intrigued by the exquisite appearance and tastes of Japanese cuisine. The 54 dishes in this volume can be made from easily found ingredients that explore a wide range of flavours and textures.
ISBN 962 593 654 8