芝麻牛肉 Fried Beef with Sesame Seeds
Pinyin: zhī ma niú ròu
Sesame seeds make a nice addition to lots of food. Often found on the top of hamburger buns and as a barely noticed accompaniment to many other dishes, the sesame seed and in particular sesame seed oil play a part in a surprising amount of asian food.
Sesame fruit is harvested by hand just before the seed pods ripen. Once they are ripe, they will open up and the seeds come pouring out. The seeds can be roasted or used as-is and then oil can be made by cold-pressing or other methods. The seeds per ounce of oil must be quite astounding.
This dish really wants to be fast food and as unhealthy as possible. It is accomplishing it’s goals well since the batter fried beef came out oily and was then dipped in ketchup. The sesame seeds in this particular case are mostly for looks, which means this dish taste just like fried beef. It’d edible, but not good, it does however make decent drinking food and a something to consider if beers are in abundance.