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2018.10.20

Henko Staff English Blog #1: Self-Introduction

Hello everyone! This is Lim from Yamada Sesame Oil Manufacture Company.

I’m a new employee who joined the company in April this year and I will be in charge of blogging in English on the 10th and 20th of each month.

Let’s start with a little self-introduction, shall we? 🙂

I’m a Malaysian-Chinese gal who came to Japan to study animation at Kyoto Seika University. My interests are photography, art and cooking vegan food. I also help run the growing Kyoto Vegans & Vegetarians Group and we were holding monthly bilingual vegan cooking classes with gomacro Salon, a community business run by my company. Thanks to the classes I came to know about this company and the high-quality, delicious sesame products that they make. I decided to join the company because I believe in their founding principle of making products that are safe, healthy and beneficial to our society.

Like most Asian countries, sesame products are widely used in Malaysia, specifically in Malaysian Chinese cooking. One of my favorite snacks containing sesame is the Beh Teh Soh (Horseshoe Biscuit), a flaky Hokkien pastry with a sweet and salty sesame filling. The pastry gets its interesting name from the fact that bakers used to cook them by sticking them on a clay oven like a tandoor. As a result, the biscuits are thicker on one end and shaped like a horseshoe.  Some of my fondest memories are eating freshly baked Beh Teh Soh in the old towns of Penang and Malacca. I remember buying some durian-flavored Beh Teh Soh for my friends in Japan and some of them refused to eat them because of the smell. :p Maybe I’ll try to recreate them here using sesame seeds roasted by my colleagues.

Next up, I’ll be talking about Sesame Day which falls on November 5. Stay tuned if you would like to find out how it came about and what we will be doing to celebrate this special day next month.

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