Sesame steak sauce


For as long as I can remember, I have been having a food love affair with the sesame steak sauce at The Japanese Village Restaurant. Even as a child I remember getting dressed up and driving to downtown Ottawa with my family, climbing over snowbanks in my uncomfortable dress shoes to celebrate whatever we were celebrating with an exquisite steak dinner. The sesame steak sauce has always been centre stage for me. It's why I still go there today, at the Victoria location now, to celebrate something special or to get together with friends over delicious cooked-right-in-front-of-you Teppanyaki cuisine.

I have always kept an eye out in stores for something similar to the sauce I adore, but I have never found anything that came close. So I decided to play around with ingredients in my own kitchen to see if I could create my own version of this beloved sauce. Using just four ingredients, I'm happy to say I think I've NAILED it.



Here's how I made it:
per serving

2 tbsp tahini
1 tbsp soy sauce (I like Kikkoman)
1 tbsp cold water (depending on the thickness of your tahini, you may need to add a little more than 1 tbsp water)
1/2 tsp Dijon mustard

I combined the ingredients in a small bowl and mixed them up. That's all!



It's not traditional in Japanese cuisine to put a sauce like this on your rice. Still, it's a tradition at The Japanese Village Restaurant to enjoy it this way, and this recipe will satisfy cravings until our next family celebration dinner out.

Are you a fan of sesame steak sauce? Have you recreated any of your favourite restaurant foods at home? Leave a comment and tell me all about it!

15 comments:

  1. oh my. i have to try this one for sure! xo

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  2. Definitely going to have to try this out! I've made one at home that I found on the internet once that was fairly similar to Japanese Village, but it was also fairly time-consuming...chopping onions and garlic, roasting the sesame seeds in the oven, mixing everything up in a blender. Can't wait to try this. :)

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  3. I'm so excited to try this!

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  4. Well, as is usually the case, what she posted today is what Amy made for dinner. And I have to say, this is indeed pretty darn close to the original. More importantly, it's just plain delicious. If it wasn't for not wanting to set an example I'd probably regret for the kids, I would have licked the bowl. Definitely receives the Mr. Feedback seal of approval.

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  5. All I read was the title and I was thinking "I wonder if its like the stuff they serve at Japanese Village..."
    Then I read your post. :):):) Can't wait to test it out.

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  6. I tried it!! It's amazing.... yummy yum yum yum. I LOVE Japanese Village Steak sauce and this sure is darn close to the original. So for me and my hubby, I tripled the recipe and unlike Mr. Feedbag, my hubby licked the tupperware container :) If there was my other 12 year old in the mix I think we could have made 5 servings. Also, it's damn think! So I added 2 more tsps of water (probably could have even added more) to make it a little less thick. But my problem was that I put it in a Tupperware shaker so when I shook, I didn't have to shake much before it was THICK! DEVINE Amy as usual. This will be a recipe I come back to time and time again. Thanks!!

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    1. I'm so glad you enjoyed it! And I'm so glad you think it's close to the original too. The thickness may vary depending, I suppose, on the tahini. Some tahini is very oily and, thus, will produce a thinner finish. Others are very thick, almost dry. So good call adding a little extra water to get the silkiness we love so much!!!

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  7. I agree, you've really nailed it, Amy!! I did find another version that was very close as well, but yours required a lot less preparation. So easy, so tasty and SO close to Japanese Village's steak sauce that it would be very difficult to tell the difference. Thank you!!! :)

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  8. Tomorrow is my daughter's birthday...Going to surprise her with this!! EXCITED!! :D

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    1. This was AWESOME!!!!!!! My daughter was thrilled and my husband (who had no clue I was making this either) was equally as ecstatic! THANK YOU!!!

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    2. Oh yay!! I'm pleased your surprise went so well! High five!

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  9. Can you can this?

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    1. I wouldn't can this without a pressure canner. There may not be enough acid for safe water bath canning.

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  10. We concur, you have truly nailed this, Amy!! Used to do discover an additional edition which was really near too, however your own needed much less planning. Very easy, therefore delicious and thus near to Japoneses Village's meat marinade which it might be very hard to inform the actual distinction. Thanks!!!



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