Korean Tahini

Ready for the oven.


 In order to make many Egyptian dishes one needs tahini and it's a pricy little snit in this part of the world, which is weird because we are swimming in sesame seeds.


1. Tahini, if you can find it, is terribly expensive in Korea.
2. Olive oil is imported.


Sesame seeds
Grape Seed Oil or Olive Oil

FIRST: Preparing the seeds
OPTION 1) Roast in an oven pre-heated to 185celcius for 3 minutes
OPTION 2) Roast in a pan on a stove top quickly and careful not to burn them.
OPTION 4) Don't roast them at all and grind them raw.
These are all good options.  Each way gives a different flavor, but we have been happy with all of them and consider it a personal choice based on tools and time.

SECOND: Grind it all up
Don't be scared.  Throw the seeds in a grinder with some water and olive oil.  Maybe start with a few tablespoons of each.  Then keep adding water and olive oil until you like the texture and taste.  There is no right answer here.  It's what you like and how you like it.  

I used a small bullet mixer that you can find for 30,000w.  It took longer but it worked just fine.

Alright, we are going to be honest.  The two imports we don't really budge on are olive oil and olives.  We find this is the ingredient that makes the most difference.  However, it's not impossible to use grape seed oil and it wont be the end of the world.  Feel free to make this substitution.  It will be just fine.

Note, it's going to be dark when you mix it unless you add enough water and oil. Don't panic.
Of course, you don't really know if it's good until you put it in something.

So I made baba ghanoush.


  1. wow thank you for this post! i'm living in korea as well and been really wanting to make hummus. now just need to get a grinder...XD

  2. Also, if you are worried about using an oven or burning the seeds on the stove. The seeds here are pre-roasted so you can actually feel free to just grind them up without re-toasting them. I recommend this to folks in small places and old pans. It might be less frustrating and it will still taste really delicious.

    Also, e-mart now sells chick-peas in the "grains" area with all the specialty rices. However, if you can buy them at one of the "Asian" groceries they are much less expensive. Good luck. We would love to hear how it turns out.

    Also, the grinder will change your life. It's our number one tool in the kitchen these days.