Monday, July 21, 2014

Japanese Deep Roasted Sesame Salad Dressing 胡麻ドレッシング - Two Recipes

I love my greens...

... and love them even more with Japanese style sesame salad dressing! This kind of salad dressing is sometime known as goma dressing (胡麻ドレッシング) and of course, goma means sesame in Japanese.

Due to our liking for goma dressing, we have tried all the brands that we can find in the Asian grocery shops in Melbourne. Some are creamier being well homogenized while some are oil based with separate layers. Some are thicker while some are thinner in texture. Some have bites of sesame seed while some can be quite stingy with its sesame content. According to me and my family, the texture and taste of all store bought sesame dressing can vary much between different brands and funny that each of us does have preference to some particular brands.

My boy's and my favourite goma dressing is the Kewpie brand but its delicious creaminess comes with high fat content. My husband's favourite is the one with the word 金 (meaning gold in Japanese or Chinese) on its label as he thinks that this brand of dressing contains more well-roasted sesame seeds than any other brands. However, the health conscious us have eventually choose another brand with lower fat content for our regular consumption despite that it is not as tasty as the kewpie or 金 ones that we like.

A few months back, Jessie from Jessie Cooking Moments told me that she has found a fantastic goma dressing when we were having our usual whatapps chat. I asked for her recipe instantly and then I received a picture of a napkin with a list of ingredients scribbled on it. I was excited seeing the recipe and start asking her lots of questions... Me getting excited over goma dressing recipe!??? Please do not laugh at me. I guess this is what most housewives do... We are excited whenever we exchange recipes!!! LOL!

At that time, I still had a one liter of the low fat dressing to finish and had plan to make this dressing when the bottle of dressing had finished.

I trust Jessie knowing that her dressing is going to be really good but as I was staring at her recipe in the napkin, I was feeling a little concerned of use of raw onion and garlic in the dressing knowing that a few people like my boy, husband, auntie J and K and me are actually NOT a fan of raw onion and garlic. To counter this possibility, here I am trying to make two different goma dressing recipes:

One from Jessie (Jessie Cooking Moments) which is mainly oil base and mine is specially made with sautéd or browned garlic and onions... Sorry but no raw garlic and onion for me, please!

Another from Nami (Just One Cookbook) which is mainly Japanese mayonnaise base and contains NO garlic and onions. Due to religion, the Chinese vegetarians in Asian countries don't eat raw garlic and onion. For the benefits of my auntie J and K, I love to try this NO garlic and onion goma dressing recipe.

Again, due to my liking for goma dressing, Jessie and I had a further whatapps conversation about her recipe. During our conversation, Jessie strongly suggested not to add sesame oil in her recipe... Interestingly, there is sesame oil in Nami's recipe and I have made them all accordingly...

Japanese goma sesame salad dressing
Salad made with Japanese deep roasted sesame salad dressing 胡麻ドレッシング
What is the difference between these two recipes?
... but both contain very aromatic deep roasted sesame seeds!
To achieve its best flavour, it is important to roast the seeds until deep golden colour like this!
To me, grinding makes a lot of difference too in releasing its aromatic flavours. 
Ingredients to make Nami's sesame dressing
Mix all with sesame seeds and mayo to get this... Nice and creamy!
Ingredients (including the roasted sesame seeds) to make Jessie's sesame dressing
This is all I need to do to make Jessie's dressing..
Pour dressing in a bottle. Store in the fridge and use whenever required.

Now, which goma dressing is better?

After trying both homemade goma dressing, I have to say NAY to this low fat store-bought dressing...

Goma dressing with lower fat content - We don't like you anymore! Sorry!
I have to say both goma dressing that I made taste very different and both are equally good in its own way. Here are the advantages of these two beautiful dressings...

Nami's recipe

Mainly made with Kewpie brand mayonnaise, it obviously tastes like the Kewpie brand goma dressing that my boy and I really like. Creamy! Yummy with lots of sesammmme... Oh! It rhymes!

It is really super easy to make because all we need to do to assemble everything. Convenient to make too if the ingredients are the regular seasonings in your pantry as you can make it as and when you want.

For vegetarians who can't consume onion and garlic, this is the perfect dressing recipe for you!

However, the nutritional content, taste and texture of this dressing depend very much on the type and brand of mayonnaise that you use. And, so please bear in mind that the choice of mayonnaise is critical to make this dressing tasting good!

Jessie's recipe

The biggest plus point for this recipe is that it contains NO preservative and NO artificial thickener! And it is very tasty!!! In fact, we reckon that it tastes more like the dressing with the word 金!

For the fact that it is made from scratch with healthful kind of oil intensively flavoured with lots of freshly roasted sesame seeds, you can use any type of oil you like. According to Jessie, olive oil and sesame oil are not preferred as they can be overpowering in their base taste. A neutral tasting oil like rice bran oil or sunflower oil, canola oil are all suitable to use.

The onion and carrot are the great natural thickeners in this recipe. You can use lesser of these if you like a less viscous dressing but we prefer ours to be this thick!

Thanks Jessie! We love this!!! And this will be our regular goma dressing!

Here we go... Two yummy goma dressing made with two brilliant recipes!

Here are my two adapted goma dressing recipes from Jessie Cooking Moments and Just One Cookbook. Both are equally good. Preference can be subjective to each individual taste or needs.

Oil based goma dressing with garlic and onion but no sesame oil

Makes about 300ml

30g white sesame seeds, roasted until light browned and fragrant*
1/4 carrot, roughly chopped
1 small onion, roughly chopped*
1 clove garlic, roughly chopped
2 tbsp caster sugar
1/2 cup (120ml) neutral tasting oil, preferably something healthful like rice bran oil
Please avoid using olive oil or sesame oil
1/4 cup (60ml) Japanese rice vinegar
1/4 cup (60ml) soy sauce

Place sesame seeds in a frying pan and roast them over low heat until the seeds develop light brown colour with lots of fragrant. Be careful not to burn the seeds.

Grind the toasted sesame seeds with a motor and pestle until smooth.

In a frying pan with medium heat, cook onion and garlic until they are slightly browned and tender.

Combine all the ingredients in a processor or blender. Process mixture until well combined and smooth.

Pour dressing in a bottle or container and store it with a cover in the fridge for up to 2 weeks. Give the dressing a shake before use as it separates into two distinct layers during storage.

*The original recipe contains 15g sesame seeds and 1/4 onion but I have added more to make a more stronger and texture dressing and this has been always our preferred composition.

Mayonnaise based goma dressing with No garlic and onion but with sesame oil

Makes about 75ml

30g white sesame seeds, roasted until light browned and fragrant
2 tbsp Japanese kewpie mayonnaise
2 tbsp Japanese rice vinegar
1 1/2 tbsp soy sauce (I reckon this is optional)
1 tsp caster sugar
1/2 tsp mirin
1/2 tsp sesame oil

Place sesame seeds in a frying pan and roast them over low heat until the seeds develop light brown colour with lots of fragrant. Be careful not to burn the seeds.

Grind the toasted sesame seeds with a motor and pestle until smooth.

In a mixing bowl, combine all the ingredients and mix everything together. Pour dressing in a bottle or container and store it with a cover in the fridge for up to 1 week. Give the dressing a good mix before any use as it may split slightly during storage.

Enjoy these dressing with your salad.
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  1. This homemade dressing sounds great!

  2. I don't like greens, BUT I'll finish it if there's creamy dressing like mayonaise, thousand Island, or this one, goma dressing.. Yep, like you, I use Kewpie Japanese mayo too, very nice and rich.. In Japanses restaurants, sometimes they drizzle some goma dressing on their salad, I would usually lick them clean, yummzzz!

  3. Hi Zoe!
    Wow, you sure did put these two recipes to the test, lol...Yes, I think that is what we recipe collectors get in the habit of doing when we are trying to please the ones we love:)

    I would love to try either of these dressing because they are much alike and the flavor of sesame seeds is a favorite around here. Marion does not really care about fat content so I guess the one with the mayo would be my first choice for her. As a matter of fact, I think I would experiment by substituting my homemade fresh yogurt for the mayo in a recipe for myself because I do try to cut down on the mayo if possible but, I will not give up flavor if I need to use it! I have successfully substituted yogurt in dressing before especially if I drain it and make it nice and thick. Whatever the case, both dressing sound good enough to lick the spoon:) Thank you so much for sharing, Zoe. Good experimenting, lol...

  4. Zoe,
    This is great for my light lunch.
    Gotto go get my greens to pair with your sesame salad dressing :D

  5. I love japanese sesame salad dressing so much! You can also serve it with udon as a cold noodle with some shredded cucumbers, crabmeat and shredded tamagoyaki! :9

  6. that is a nice new dressing for my greens.. i love me greens too... hv to try this recipe for sure!

  7. Zoe, I am a fan of Japanese salad dressings too! Just last week I went to a Japanese restaurant with my brother and we shared a Soft Shell Crab Salad with Black Sesame Dressing, It was really good! I have tried Jessie's recipe and it was awesome. Now I want to try Nami's recipe.

  8. the delicious dressing and it is so aromatic

  9. Zoe so giving heart to try tis 2 recipes~~
    =) Nice!!!!

  10. Hi Zoe, Thanks for sharing this post. I've bookmarked the recipe from Jessie when she posted on her blog. I love Nami's recipe too. Like you, I'm going to try the recipes from both of them.

  11. So refreshing!Must try this salad!!
    Tks For sharing^^

  12. It sounds good and i like both of the recipes!

  13. This looks wonderful, Zoe - a healthy meal. Refreshing to look at ❤

  14. I love goma dressings but too lazy to make my own. Used on salads, cold tofu and soba.

  15. This looks so refreshing! Thanks for sharing!

  16. Hi Zoe,
    Both dressings looks really nice! My kids love the Kewpie mayonnaise, but I am not a fan of it. Looks like I got to give both of these a try!

  17. Hi Zoe, made this following Phong Hong's post. Fall it love with it immediately. Very Nice salad dressing.

  18. This is awesome! A great fresh and I'm sure super fragrant recipe! Ive seen some really strange ingredients on the bottles of sesame dressing such as "hydrolzed pork and chicken"!?

  19. HI Zoe, so sorry that I have been turning up so late here! I saw so many "Jessie" in this posting & feel a bit strange, haha. Good to hear that you like the recipe with your own adjustments! I didn't have much time to check my whatsapp recently because I am in the middle of organising my son's birthday, the teacher-parent meeting & his school's weekly project which will count into his final term report card. Though in year 1, he has to use a bow to make a habitat that suits a school yard animal which he chooses to keep as a pet. Imagine this will involve some 3D objects. With me so poor in my art skill & never do this before, every night after finishing my houseworks, I have to google internet for ideas & today, finally went to a few shops to buy some papers, craft embellishments,......Feel like I'm back to school again, haha. Take care~

    1. Hi Jessie, can you accept my request to follow your blog? Tq :)

  20. I'm a huge fan of goma dressing too :) Really love the kewpie brand one- I've also tried the low fat one in your picture as well but didn't like it as much as the kewpie one :( I just tried Nami's dressing recipe and it was great- now I want to try Jessie's recipe too- it looks (and sounds) really interesting, especially as it had garlic and onion, both of which I love and seem like they would go really well with the sesame! :)