La Tourangelle has partnered with one of the oldest Japanese oil mills to bring you this toasted sesame oil, crafted in central Japan by strictly following 270-year-old traditional methods.
Use: Sesame oil has long been the universal cooking medium in Asia, imparting its characteristic flavour to the foods of the region. In Chinese and Korean cuisine it is added as a highlight in cooked dishes. The Japanese often add about 10% toasted sesame oil to the oil used for tempura or deep-frying, creating a rich background flavour.
North American cooks may want to use sesame oil to add flavour to an Asian stir-fry or noodle dish, or as a marinade for meat or fish. Sesame oil makes a delicious dressing for a Chinese chicken salad. Sesame oil, rice vinegar, fresh grated ginger and mustard make a delicious dressing for any combination of salad greens.
Temperature: Suitable for low-medium heat. Perfect for sautéing, baking, dipping, blending into a dressing/sauce, or drizzling on a finished dish.
Production process: Seeds are slowly roasted using lower temperatures. The result is a lighter coloured, more richly flavoured oil with a subtle, toasted taste. The production of sesame oil begins with sesame seeds harvested from South America or Africa.
The seeds are toasted and then expeller (machine) pressed to extract the oil. This oil is filtered several times and then bottled. The quality of sesame oil varies depending on the quality of the seeds, and the length and temperature of the toasting process. La Tourangelle's Japanese partner uses only the freshest, highest quality seeds that are painstakingly cleaned and slowly toasted. Superior Japanese craftsmanship in the production of sesame oil is recognized throughout Asia.