I was in the mood for an Asian dinner tonight and so I flipped through my Natives Cookbook hoping to find a nice sauce recipe. Now if you've read some of my older posts, you'll know how much I love trying all kinds of wacky new flavour combinations, and I found a real humdinger tonight.
The recipe is Green Tea Sesame Sauce. I had no idea what to expect; but you'll never know until you try.
It actually turned out to be really good (in my opinion). It kind of tasted like a peanut sauce, and I couldn't taste the green tea at all. I served the sauce with soba noodles, a variety of steamed veggies and shiitake mushrooms. I also added Sriracha sauce on top. I just can't get enough of Sriracha sauce. Top stuff.
This recipe includes tahini (sesame paste). On quite a few occasions where I've bought tahini from the grocery store, the checkout chick has asked me what I use it for. I used to say that I just eat it on toast with maple syrup or put it in my oats, but since then I've discovered so many more recipes that use tahini. This sauce is definitely a good one to try if you're ballsy enough to try something very new and different.
Green Tea Sesame Sauce
Makes 2 cups
- ½ cup tahini
- 1 garlic clove, sliced
- 1 tablespoon grated fresh ginger
- ¼ cup soy sauce
- ¼ maple syrup
- 3 tablespoons rice vinegar
- 1 cup brewed green tea (can substitute bancha or roasted barley tea)
- 1 teaspoon toasted sesame oil
- Place all ingredients in a blender and blend thoroughly. (Please use a tall blender. I thought that I would just use my food processor, but when I turned it on the liquid still managed to come out. Messy.)
- Warm on stove top and serve.