Sunday, November 13, 2011

Sesame Oil/Chamgireum (참기름)

Sesame oil is a key ingredient in most asian cuisine. China, Japan, and Korea are the main consumers of sesame oil in Asia.

Sesame oil is extracted from sesame seeds which contain about 50% oil of its weight. It's used in baking for its high fat content. However, sesame oil is only used to enhance flavor of stir fried foods and occasionally soups. It's never used in large quantities.

It is also expensive. Of course there are many sesame varieties so the oil  they produce vary as well. A high quality sesame oil of 110ml costs about P120. That's more than ten times the price of canola oil, and twice the price of extra virgin olive oil (medium-high grade).

It will be a good idea to get one if you enjoy korean and chinese foods since this is almost essential to both cuisines.

COST: P120 (110 ml)

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