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HORENSO NO OSHITASHI (Spinach Dressed with Sesame), Japanese

Ingredients
  • 1 lb. spinach
  • 3 tbsp. sesame seeds
  • 3 tbsp. shoyu (soy sauce)
  • Pinch mono sodium glutamate
  • 1 ½ tsp. sugar
Preparation Instructions

Boil some water in a saucepan, put the spinach in root downward. Boil about 3 minutes.

Parch the sesame seeds in a frying pan, grind in a dry suribach (earthenware mortar used for grinding), or grinder; add the shoyu and grind again.

Gut the spinach into 1 1/2-inch lengths, press the water out. Mix with the dressing of sesame, shoyu, sugar and glutamate. Serve in small bowls. Serves 3.

Contributed by Mrs. Emily Takemoto, 1950

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