Bean Sprout Salad

2 tablespoon Sesame seeds
1 pound Fresh bean sprouts
thoroughly washed
and drained
3 md Garlic cloves
peeled and minced
2 md Scallions −− trimmed & minced
1 1" cube ginger
peeled and minced
2 tablespoon Oriental sesame oil
1/3 cup Soy sauce
2 tablespoon Cider vinegar
1 tablespoon Mirin (sweet rice wine)
2 teaspoon Light brown sugar
1 teaspoon Spicy sesame oil

Makes 4 to 6 Servings Fresh bean sprouts are a must for this recipe from
China's Hunan province.
The canned variety don't have the requisite crispness. Keep a close eye on
the toasting sesame seeds so they don't burn.
PREHEAT OVEN TO 300F. Toast the sesame seeds by spreading them over the
bottom of a pie tin. Roast for 12−to−16 minutes, stirring often, until they
are golden. The seeds can be toasted in advance and stored in an airtight
container. Place the bean sprouts in a large heatproof bowl and set it aside.
In a medium−size skillet set over moderately low heat, stir−fry the garlic,
scallions and ginger in the oil for 2 to 3 minutes, until they are limp. Add
all the remaining ingredients, increase the heat to moderate, then boil the
mixture, uncovered, for 1 minute to slightly reduce the liquid. Pour the
boiling dressing over the bean sprouts, toss well, then cover the bowl and
chill the salad for several hours. Toss again before serving.