Posted in Breakfast

Sesame Tea Bread

Recipe from I-weekly
130g plain flour
2 tbsp sesame oil
105 luke warm water
1/4 tbsp dry yeast
1/2 tbsp black sesame seeds
1/4 tbsp sugar
In a large bowl, put in flour, yeast, sugar and salt, add in water and sesame oil, mix well and cover with towel.
Leave the dough to rest for 1 hour in a dry place.
Place the dough onto a flour dusted surface, use your fingers to press out the air from the dough.
Dust with more flour and fold the dough into half from top to the bottom, then fold again from right to left.
Repeat this fold 4 times.
Tip: do not repeat fold too many times or the bread will be too hard
Brush dough’s top with water and sprinkle with sesame seeds.
Let it rest for 30 minutes before baking at 180 degrees C for 25 minutes.
Brush the loaf with sesame oil after baking.
Makes 1
Will THEY make it again?
maybe not since it doesn’t taste like bread. but they will attempt to make bread again.
Posted in Fish

Sesame Seared Salmon

Recipe inspired from
1 tbsp soy sauce
3/4 tsp mirin
3/4 tsp honey
1/2 tbsp sesame oil
2 salmon steaks
1/4 cup black sesame seeds
1 1/2 tsp olive oil
In a small bowl, stir together the soy sauce, mirin, honey and sesame oil.
Spread the sesame seeds out on a plate.
Coat the salmon steaks with the soy sauce mixture, then press into the sesame seeds to coat.
Heat olive oil in a cast iron skillet over high heat until very hot.
Place steaks in the pan, and sear for about 30 seconds on each side. 
Makes 2
Will HE make it again?
YES.  but it was really smoky when searing it.
Posted in Japanese

Tofu Dango (Japanese Sweet Dumplings)

black sesamegreen tea, sweet soy sauce & black sesame
Recipe adapted from cookingwithdog
100g Glutinous Rice Flour
100g Soft Silken / Firm Tofu
Black sesame topping
2 tbps black sesame
1 tbps icing sugar
Sweet soy sauce
1 tbps sugar
1 tbps soy sauce
1 tbps mirin
1 tbps green tea powder
t tbps icing sugar
For the black sesame topping, grind the black sesame until it is smooth.
Add sugar and mix well.
For the green tea topping, mix the green tea powder and icing sugar together.
For sweet soy sauce topping, add mirin, sugar and soy sauce and bring to a boil.
Mix well and try not to burn the sauce.
Adjust the heat by lifting the pot and make the sauce thick.
Tip: do not over-thicken the sauce or it will not coat onto the dumplings.
For the dumpling, add glutinous rice flour and tofu in a bowl.
Mix using hands.
If the dough is stiff, add a little bit of water.
Knead until the dough is smooth.
Spilt the dough into 3 equal pieces.
Divide it into 3 medium pieces and get 3 from each piece.
You will have 27 pieces from the dough and shape each piece into a ball.
Gently place the dumpling in a large pot of boiling water.
Boil 1-2 minutes after the dumplings float on the surface.
Immerse the dumplings immediately in cold water and drain the dumplings.
Coat the dumplings with the topping prepared.
Makes 27.
Will THEY make it again?