Peanut Dressing instead of sesame dressing...



For some reason I don't like peanuts. I will always pick the nuts away whenever I am being served nuts (be it for nasi lemak). My original intention was to make some fresh homemade sesame dressing for my salad. I can't tell you how much I love those sesame dressing. They are yummy. I've only discovered them back in February while sharing a plate of salad with Mei Mei at Sushi Zen. I've totally forgotten about the dressing until I wanted picked up a small bunch of lettuce from my own garden.

I was trying my luck if I can find any on Nami's website and I found one. I know I can never go wrong with her recipes. I've been admiring her cooking for a very long time now. She definitely inspired me in many ways to try out Japanese cooking on my own.

Anyway, back to my sesame dressing. I was all excited to make my very own dressing/ sauce till I discovered I do not have any white sesame left at home. Argghh... I wasn't in the mood to walk out to buy so what I did was google for sesame substitute (besides black sesame of course). I know it will not taste the same but I was hoping I can find something compatible (in term of texture and taste). The two substitute I found is almond and peanut. I've decided to use peanuts simply because I have way too much leftover from som tam. Besides almond has its own unique aroma.

So here is the modification I did:
3 tbsp peanuts
3 tbsp mayonnaise
2 tbsp rice wine vinegar
1 1/2 tbsp soya sauce
1 tsp sugar
1/2 tsp mirin
2 tbsp toasted sesame oil
  1. Toast the peanuts for 10 minutes (I used halogen oven. My halogen oven setting: 200 degree). Blend them in blender till it turn powdery
  2. Combine all ingredients in the same blender.
  3. Blend till all ingredient combine smooth
  4. Chill in refrigerator
  5. Mix with your favourite salad
Of course you can simply ignore mine and try hers instead. I've got white sesame seed in my grocery list. I will definitely buy more when I visit Holland & Barrett this weekend. I can't wait to try out the proper sesame dressing instead of the fake one I've just done.

Btw, the peanut dressing is worth a try. It taste good. Hubby and I love the dressing.


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