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Broccolini Sesame Dressing Recipe | Daily Cooking Quest

What is your favorite dressing? Mine is Japanese sesame dressing (胡麻和え – goma ae). This super easy dressing makes the most humble greens shine through.

I make this dressing all the time and pair it everything from spinach, broccoli, watercress, yu choi, and of course, broccolini.

Despite this broccolini sesame dressing recipe uses broccolini, feel free to pair this lovely goma ae with all sort of greens.

Broccolini Sesame Dressing

Goma Ae (Sesame Dressing)

The amount of dressing works for any one pound of vegetables.

You will need 1/2 cup toasted sesame seeds, 1/4 cup soy sauce, 2 tablespoon sugar, and 100 ml (6 tablespoon + 1 teaspoon) dashi stock.

Don’t worry if you cannot find sesame seeds that are pre-roasted. You can easily toast them on a frying pan (as is, without any oil) over medium heat until fragrant and golden brown.

I have a slight intolerant to peanuts and all sort of nuts, so this sesame dressing is a God send to me 🙂 It is super nutty just like nuts, but completely nut-free!

Broccolini Sesame Dressing

Broccolini Sesame Dressing

Preparing broccolini

Most of the times, broccolini comes with green tops and stalk bottoms. It is best if you can separate the greens from the stalks. I usually half or even quarter the stalks depending on how thick they are.

Not much needs to be done to the broccolini. Just boil a large pot of lightly salted water, then blanch for 2 minutes.

To retain the lovely green color of your vegetables, you must rinse in ample cold water and even soak in a large mixing bowl of cold water with ice cubes.

Once completely cool, gently squeeze and cut into bite sizes. Arrange the vegetables in a nice platter, and serve with the goma-ae.

Broccolini Sesame Dressing

Broccolini Sesame Dressing

Asian Salad Feast

This post is part of collaboration with other talented food bloggers to celebrate the spring season with plenty of Asian salad dishes! A shout out to our lovely host JinJoo of Kimchimari, and also Christine of Vermillion Roots for organizing 🙂

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Broccolini & Tofu Stir-Fry Recipe

Broccolini & Tofu Stir-Fry.

A Chinese greens dish always makes an appearance on my family dining table, so having a few trusted recipes is a no brainer.

My favorite Chinese greens recipe is a vegetable stir-fry with oyster sauce and garlic oil, followed closely with a vegetable and tofu stir-fry.

Both recipes are versatile. You can use any Chinese greens, so be sure to select the freshest option from your market. You will be able to serve healthy Chinese stir-fry dishes to your family with these two recipes.

Ingredients for Broccolini and tofu stir-fry: broccolini, tofu, garlic, chilies, scallions, light soy sauce, dark soy sauce, oyster sauce, fish sauce, Shaoxing wine, sugar, white pepper, and cornstarch.

Ingredients for Broccolini and tofu stir-fry: broccolini, tofu, garlic, chilies, scallions, light soy sauce, dark soy sauce, oyster sauce, fish sauce, Shaoxing wine, sugar, white pepper, and cornstarch.

Ingredients for broccolini and tofu stir-fry

We will need broccolini, tofu, garlic, chilies, scallions, light soy sauce, dark soy sauce, oyster sauce, fish sauce, Shaoxing wine, sugar, white pepper, and cornstarch.

Broccolini vs. broccoli

Some grocery stores sell broccolini as young broccoli, but broccolini is a cross between broccoli and Chinese gai lan. I love that they are so much more tender than broccoli and is very suitable for Chinese stir-fry.

If you can’t find broccolini, you can substitute with broccoli, but I think Chinese gai lan is a better substitute for this dish.

(1) Sauté garlic and chilies. (2) Add brocolini and water. (3) Add fried tofu, and season with light soy sauce, dark soy sauce, oyster sauce, fish sauce, Shaoxing wine, sugar, and white pepper. (4) Thicken the sauce with cornstarch.

(1) Sauté garlic and chilies. (2) Add brocolini and water. (3) Add fried tofu, and season with light soy sauce, dark soy sauce, oyster sauce, fish sauce, Shaoxing wine, sugar, and white pepper. (4) Thicken the sauce with cornstarch.

Step-by-step to cook broccolini and tofu stir-fry

1 Fry tofu

Drain and pat dry tofu and cut into 16-20 pieces. Pan-fry the tofu with a little oil on a non-stick frying pan (or a well-seasoned cast-iron skillet) until golden brown and set aside.

2. Sauté aromatics

Heat 2 tablespoons of oil in a wok over medium-high heat. Sauté garlic and chilies until fragrant, about 2 minutes.

3. Add broccolini

Add broccolini and 1/4 cup of water. Mix well, cover the wok, and let the broccolini rests for 2 minutes, or until wilted.

4. Add tofu and sauce

Add fried tofu and all the sauce ingredients, mix well, and cook for 2 minutes.

5. Thicken the sauce

Add cornstarch slurry and stir until the sauce is thick.

6. Add scallions

Toss in scallions and mix gently. Turn off the heat, transfer to a serving plate, and serve the dish immediately.

Broccolini & Tofu Stir-Fry.

Broccolini & Tofu Stir-Fry.

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