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No sesame oil? No problem. Mimic the flavour with the following secret ingredients
Don’t despair if you’re allergic to sesame oil, try this workaround
I have always delighted in the subtle flavour of sesame oil. Found in many Asian markets, it imparts a wonderfully nutty undertone to chicken or fish dishes. Best of all, I love the simplicity of Asian greens lightly stir-fried in sesame oil. Easy and quick, this dish rounds out a meal as a healthy, tasty side to more complex dishes.
After my son was diagnosed with an allergy to sesame (along with about eight other foods), I sadly gave away my trusty bottle of sesame oil. I wistfully dreamed of eating those deliciously aromatic greens again until a eureka moment hit me.
Imagining the flavours in my head led me to try this alternative using fresh rosemary and garlic. You can use it with almost any green leafy vegetable you like, but I am fond of bok choy or sui choy. Even good old broccoli or snow peas taste great with this sustitute for sesame oil.
Freshly chopped rosemary and garlic. (Images: Angela Schmeidel Randall and Stephen Mackenzie)
Serves 4 as an accompaniment.
James Ruttan has written everything from fiction to film and radio scripts as well as user instruction manuals and business plans. Arriving in Vancouver in the 90’s after teaching English in Indonesia, he became an editor. He has now returned as a freelance writer.