Sesame Oil (참기름) [cham-gi-reum] is an amber colored, aromatic oil, made from pressed
toasted sesame seeds that is a common ingredient in Korean cooking.
It is not used as a cooking
oil due to its intense nutty and buttery flavor and aroma;
however, because of that, it is an excellent seasoning and flavor enhancer.
1. Sesame Oil is widely used in Korea to make namul
(vegatable side dish) because it adds a beautiful glossy finish.
2. Similarly, the iconic dish, bibimbap, requires a
big spoon of sesame oil on top to add both beauty and flavor.
also mix salt, pepper and sesame oil to make a dipping sauce for grilled meat
because it reduces the gamey taste of pork and lamb.
4. Sesame Oil is a rich source of vitamins and
minerals such as Vitamin E, magnesium, copper, calcium, and zinc. And unlike
most oils, sesame oil is high the beneficial poly-unsaturated fatty acid,
Omega-6, which is known to lower blood pressure.
Store in a cool and dry area.