Gomae - Japanese Style Spinach Salad
This is Chef floWers version of Spinach Gomae. It's a side dish I often ordered at my favourite Japanese restaurant (before it closed down.) I found a visual version on you tube and since I couldn't find a recipe on www.recipezaar.com I thought I would add it to Zaar's collection. We all love this salad and my daughter can eat the whole serving (if I let her). I often double the recipe, so she can have extra greens, well it worked for Popeye The Sailor Man. Ayyye
- Ready In:
- 2 tablespoons sesame seeds, toasted
- 2 tablespoons water
- 1 1⁄2 tablespoons soy sauce
- 1⁄2 teaspoon sugar
- 1 pinch salt
- pot water, boiling
- 1 (120 g) packet spinach, washed
- Toast sesame seeds until slightly brown, you will smell the scent of the sesame seeds when it’s ready.
- Reserve small amount of the sesame seed for the garnish.
- Place the rest on a plate and crush (you could do this in a processor as well), then place in a bowl.
- Add water, soy, sugar into the bowl with the sesame seed. (If you are using the food processor then add these ingredients into the processor). Set aside until Spinach is ready.
- To cook the spinach: Add a pinch of salt into a pot of boiling hot water. Mix then add spinach for one minute (ONLY ONE MINUTE or the recipe is ruined).
- Pour the spinach and water into a colander and run cold tap water to cool down the spinach, this will stop it from cooking more.
- Squish the spinach with your hands, until all the moister is out of the spinach (you are only left with a small hand full of spinach).
- Cut spinach into strips (You could skip this part).
- Place spinach onto serving bowls and drizzle the dressing onto the spinach, then add reserved sesame seed as garnish.
- Enjoy Chef floWers Gomae - Japanese Style Spinach Salad.
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Mmm -- so easy and so delicious. We loved the sauce, and especially the wonderful taste of the toasted sesame seeds. I used fresh, pre-packaged and pre-washed spinach from the produce section of our store, so it was super-quick to get this on the table. The only change I would make is to perhaps stir-fry the spinach, or remove the excess water from boiling by putting it in a tea towel and pressing on it. I found that by squeezing the spinach, it lost a lot of visual appeal as the spinach was all clumped together, but the taste is a 5-star for sure.