The Good Leaf

This growing season is the season of the Good Leaf.

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The Good Leaf

From seed I grew my sesame leaves (perilla) and have been enjoying them all these months.   One classic Korean recipe is a marinated sesame leaf that you may have had already.

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Marinated leaf

I did some reading up on recipes and some call for blanching the leaf while others just say to pour on the marinade.  I went ahead and dipped the leaves in boiling water before layering on the marinade.

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Wrap it up

I always thought this dish was going to be tricky so I didn’t even try, but I see how doable it is: mix up your marinade and go forth.

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Get in my belly!

Marinade for sesame leaves

The ingredients

30 or so sesame leaves

10 tbs soy sauce

1/2 cup (or more) water

3-4 cloves minced/pressed garlic cloves

2 tbs red chile pepper flakes/powder

1 tbs sugar

Sesame seeds

The steps

  1. Blanching sesame leaves in boiling water is optional, but that is what I did.
  2. In a container (I used a combo of take out and Tupperware containers) make a stack of leaves and spread the marinade on each leaf.  If you run out of sauce, use the marinade at the bottom of the container.
  3. Cover and refrigerate over night.
  4. Bon appetit and eat it with rice!
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