Wednesday, January 9th, 2013

Current food obsession ~ tamari and black sesame…

Tamari and Ginger Chicken with Nori Seaweed and Black Sesame Rice ~ Recipe here

Last night I went out for dinner at one of my favourite local restaurants ~ Love.Fish. I’ve written about this Sydney restaurant before a year or two ago (here). It’s a super little local Rozelle restaurant which is doing a roaring business since it opened its doors 2 years ago, almost to the day. As mentioned on the blog yesterday it was crazy warm here in Sydney, it hit 42˚C and was still 36˚C at 11.30pm, so we felt it was a good night to get out and into some air con! I must add though mind you compared to what some other poor souls are going through around OZ with the awful bush fires which come at this time of the year, every year in Australia, I really can’t complain as I have it good compared to some people who are not as fortunate right now and struggling to keep their homes and animals safe.

On that note, as I mentioned on the blog in 2010 this is an awful time for Australia’s wildlife, if you have a spare $ or two, please consider donating something to the RSPCA to help the animals being burnt and injured in the bush fires – esp. in Tasmania which has been very badly hit. You can donate here at the RSPCA website. Thanks.

Tamari is a milder and more aromatic version of soy sauce. It’s fab for dressings and is not as salty as regular soy sauce meaning you can use more of it in cooking and sprinkled over cooked foods. Other than a continually changing selection of daily specials Love.Fish is based upon the premise of providing simply grilled fillets of varied fish which you pair with a selection of salads and sides. One of my faves is their super simple ‘Steamed basmati rice with Tamari and Black Sesame’ which I ordered last night. These two ingredients pair so well together and I found myself gobbling down a whole bowl of the this rice dish. I thought it would make for a nice side to pair with marinaded chicken as a recipe for the blog and it turned out great. The chicken is marinaded in fresh ginger, garlic, tamari, lemon juice and brown sugar and it provides a lovely sticky chicken which is sweet and sour with a little salty kick from the tamari. A great quick and easy option (once the chicken has been marinated) for a weekday dinner option.

BTW keep the comments coming on yesterday’s book giveaway post – some of the comments have been so amazing to read through, great food for thought for me for my European trip later this year and this book is SO worth winning. Link here.


14 Responses to “Current food obsession ~ tamari and black sesame…”

  1. January 9, 2013 at 8:39 pm

    Hello! I love your blog and so I nominated you for a One Lovely Blog/Very Inspiring Blog Award! You can visit my page at for acceptance and some badges, and links to other inspiring blogs. You rock. Tanielle

    • Katie
      January 14, 2013 at 2:55 pm

      Many, many thanks Tanielle :) x

  2. January 11, 2013 at 10:36 am

    I too love the combination, it also works well with tofu.

  3. January 11, 2013 at 2:17 pm

    Yum! A bonus is that Tamari is usually gluten free also – a great substitute for soy sauce, if you can’t get your hands on a gluten free version. Great photos as always, Katie.

  4. Maureen
    January 12, 2013 at 9:24 am

    Guess what I will be making for dinner this weekend – sounds delish!

  5. Julie
    January 12, 2013 at 2:10 pm

    we made it, ate it and loved it!

    • Katie
      January 14, 2013 at 2:57 pm

      Wonderful! Fabulous to hear. It’s very tasty isn’t it? I could eat oodles of the rice with the black sesame all half soaked in ponzu – very gorgeous combo and rather addictive….

  6. January 13, 2013 at 2:15 pm

    I have an obsession with asian or asian-inspired foods. Looking at this picture instantly made my mouth water!

  7. Emma
    January 14, 2013 at 8:05 am

    This looks amazing. I love Asian food. I will be trying this at home soon. Check out the food blog I’ve started at Thanks!

  8. Therese
    January 14, 2013 at 8:25 am

    Hi Katie, great to meet you on Saturday nite and I love your beautiful book.
    TL xx

  9. Bonnie
    January 14, 2013 at 12:30 pm

    that looks amazing! can’t wait to try all the restaurants you love in sydney when i come over! :)

  10. January 29, 2013 at 9:08 am

    Tamari is great asian style dressing sauce. Unlike soy sauce, dishes won’t be over salty if you put too much. That being said, it is so expensive than normal soy sauce that you won’t be putting so much either! :-)

  11. February 5, 2013 at 1:23 pm

    I am wiping drool form my lips as I look at that picture. It looks so light and wonderful, I must try making this!

  12. March 7, 2013 at 9:19 pm

    looks amazing!!!!!

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