In many East Asian countries, black sesame plays an important part in their food cultures. These days, black sesame has become a more popular ingredient in the west as the world gets smaller and people try other cultural foods. One way people use black sesame is to make a nutty milk substitute. People drink black sesame milk because it is packed full of nutrients and gives a new and unique flavor to boring coffee drinks.
Previously, on the blog, I wrote about toasted sesame seeds and toasted sesame oil. In those posts, I discussed how people in South Korea commonly use these ingredients in their cooking. After all, both ingredients are integral to North and South Korea’s food culture. Here, I give step-by-step instructions on how to toast sesame seeds on your own at home. Soon, you will be able to make dishes from all different food cultures that commonly use sesame seeds in their cuisine!
Have you ever eaten in a Korean restaurant or made Korean food at home? If so, you may have noticed people often finish Korean dishes with a sprinkle of toasted sesame seeds. Sesame seeds add a rich, nutty, and warm flavor when used as a seasoning ingredient. Many of our recipes use this ingredient (and/or sesame oil) as a finisher to the dish. Here, we want to introduce sesame seeds for those interested in Korean cooking.