Goma-ae (sesame seed dressing) is served at room temperature, so it can be prepared ahead of time.This dish can be made with broccoli, spinach, green beans, cabbage, cauliflower, or any other fresh green vegetable you have on hand.
1lb. broccoli, cut into small pieces (do not use tough ends of stalks)
3 tbsp. sesame seeds*
3 tbsp. soy sauce
1 tbsp. sugar
1.Bring 6 c. water to a boil in a saucepan. Add broccoli and cook for one minute. (Be careful not to overcook. Broccoli should be bright green when done.) Drain and set aside.
2.Prepare sesame seeds by putting them in a covered, dry frying pan and toasting them over medium heat, shaking the pan constantly so that seeds do not burn. When seeds turn golden brown (about 3 minutes) remove the pan from the heat. Place seeds in a small bowl and crush lightly with the back of a large spoon, or process in a blender for a few seconds.
3.Combine soy sauce, sugar, and sesame seeds and mix well. Toss with broccoli and serve.
Preparation time: 5 to 10 minutes
Cooking time: 8 to 12 minutes
*Unless specified,most Japanese recipes use the white variety of sesame seeds. Black sesame seeds have a stronger flavor and are often used as a decorative garnish.