Ray Morand’s Green Beans with Sesame Seeds*
(Saya-ingen no Goma-ae)
½ lb. green beans, washed and trimmed
4 cups boiling water
2 tsp salt
4 Tbsp. black sesame seeds
2 Tbsp. sugar
1 Tbsp. light colored soy sauce
In saucepan boil water with salt, add beans and cook over high heat. Rinse and run under cold water to retain color and crispness. Drain and cut into 2 or 3 pieces. Set aside.
Grind seeds using mortar and pestle or coffee grinder. Add sugar and soy sauce and mix well. Add to beans and toss lightly. Serve in small bowls.
Contributor’s Note: I have served this cold and hot. Guests liked it both ways.