Recipe – Japanese Sesame Dressing

A few years ago I travelled to Japan for work. I was apprehensive about communicating about my vegan food requirements as I do not speak much Japanese. Although I always learn the words to greet people and say thank you in every country I have visited. Luckily we were assigned from the Japanese company we were working for a very nice gentleman who spoke very good English. He said that I was the first vegan he had every met. He was interested about veganism and did understand why I was vegan. Anyway, I did survive thanks mainly to him as I would have been very lost without him. I found the Japanese people to be very courteous and are the most hospitable I have ever met.

Below is a photo of the vegan meal I had in a mall in Kyoto. Three types of bean curd. The flavours were very good. One flavour that I loved was the dressing on my salad which was a sesame dressing.

Recipe – Japanese Sesame Dressing


  • 3 Tbsp rice vinegar
  • 1 Tbsp soy sauce
  • 1 tsp sugar
  • 1 Tbsp sesame oil
  • 1 tsp ground white sesame seeds (tahini)


  1. Mix rice vinegar, soy sauce, and sugar in a small bowl.
  2. Add ground sesame seeds and sesame oil in the dressing and stir together.

Here is a photo of the vegan meal I had at the mall.

Vegan Japanese Lunch
Vegan Japanese Lunch

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