Just when I think there cannot possibly be any more Japanese products to fall in love with, I stumble on goma or sesame cream.
I have had straight-up ground sesame paste, but Kuki's offerings have added ingredients which make them a lot more interesting.
Both have soya bean powder or kinako added to them and already, the toasty flavour adds nuance to the cream.
The White goma cream (above right) has maple syrup, adding a gentle sweetness. It is brown sugar in the Black goma cream (left), which makes it more interesting than one-note sweetness.
Use these creams as filling for homemade macarons or to make, say, a cream cheese frosting for cakes and cupcakes. They can also be worked into cookie dough, to be sprinkled with sesame seeds before baking.
Of course, there is an easier way to enjoy them and that is to spread them on breakfast toast. I stir some into my oats.
Kuki Hachimitsu Goma Cream,$9.20 for a 120g jar, from J-Mart, B1-28 The Star Vista, 1 Vista Exchange Green, tel: 6694-3228, open: 10am to 10pm daily
This article was first published on Jan 25, 2015.
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