Sesame Dressed Asparagus, Gomaae


The end of Finland’s long and dark winter can be announced by the growing length of the day time, the sudden arrival of over 0 degree, or the vegetable section of the supermarket.

The first thing you will find is spring cabbage. Unlike the hard and bitter cabbage of winter, spring cabbage is sweet and crispy. It can be cut into strips for salad, or stir-fried, anyway, it is the best messenger of spring.
Sauteed Salmon, Dried Tomato and Spring Cabbage
Sweet and delicious spring cabbage saute with salmon. The sourness of the dried tomatoes accents this dish, making it perfect for spring.

Next comes the asparagus. To be precise, it comes around the same time as spring cabbage, but it takes a little longer for the price to become reasonable. However, if you persist in thinking that it might become a little cheaper, the season will pass and the price will rise again, so when you want to eat it is the time to eat it.
Asparagus can be cooked in many different ways, and this time I made a sesame dressed one, a collaboration between Finland and Japan.

Sesame Dressed Asparagus, Gomaae

Asparagus is one of the vegetables that brings spring to Finland. I cooked asparagus as gomaae, a dressed salad with sesame paste.
Prep Time0 mins
Cook Time10 mins
Servings2 people
  • asparagus 200 g
  • roasted sesame seeds (*1) 1.5 Tbsp
  • soy sauce 1 Tbsp
  • brown sugar 1 Tbsp
You can find sesame seeds in Finnish supermarkets, but they are unroasted, white, and not very fragrant. It is convenient to make and store roasted sesame seeds.
Roasted Sesame Seeds by Fring Pan and Oven
It’s easy and useful to keep a patch of roasted sesame seeds in your kitchen! It makes many foods tastier and looks nice!
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