Cold Sesame Spinach

Cold Sesame Spinach Chinese name: 凉拌菠菜 (liáng bàn bō cài)
Characteristics: Cold Sesame Spinach is fresh and tasty, with attractive green color.

Cold Sesame Spinach is a good appetizer in hot summer. Spinach is rich in beta-carotene, iron, and vitamin B6, esteemed a good facial appearance article. It can be either stir-fried, or made into a fine cold dish after being blanched briefly.

Apart from the Cold Sesame Spinach as the recipe presents, spinach soup is also popular in most part of the world.


spinach, 300 g
red chili shreds
white sesame
cooking oil
chicken essence (chicken stock/bouillon)
Note: the amount of the ingredients especially the seasonings listed above can be appropriately used according to one's personal taste.


Get rid of the roots of the spinach, wash and clean the spinach leaves.
Seasonings of Cold Sesame Spinach




Cut the spinach leaves lengthwise into halves, and place in a plate. Half fill a wok with water, bring the water to boil. Then add the spinach halves, and stir and blanch for 30 seconds and then pick them out of the wok, and remove excess water through a colander. Put them into a basin filled with cold water to cool for a while. Remove excess water through a colander again, and place into a plate.

Blanch the Pinach Halves

Place the red chili shreds on the blanched spinach halves. Pour the water out of the wok, and place it over high heat until hot. Add some cooking oil, and add in the white sesame when the oil is sizzling. Stir-fry it for 20 seconds when it is fragrant. Turn off the heat, pick the stir-fried sesame with oil out of the wok and pour onto the red chili shreds. Add in the chicken essence and salt, and stir it well.

Season the Spinach with Sesame

Cold Sesame Spinach is ready.

Cold Sesame Spinach Completed

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