Moyashi Goma-ae (mung bean sprouts with sweet sesame soy)


These little squiggly bites of goodness are called ‘moyashi’ ( もやし)in Japanese. Mung bean sprouts in English.

Moyashi Goma-ae (Japanese style mung bean sprouts+sweet sesame soy) easy, tasty and healthy!! |

They are crunchy and light with a slight bit of nuttiness.

You may have had them in a stir fry like Pad Thai or in a soup like Pho. But probably not like this.

This version of moyashi is made with a sweet sesame soy sauce called goma-ae (胡麻和え)


Goma literally translated means ‘sesame’. Ae translated implies a mix of seasonings that is then mixed with vegetables or other food to add flavoring.

Other vegetables can be made with goma-ae sauce including spinach, okra, and tomato for example. It’s a multipurpose sauce, so if you can’t find mung bean sprouts, I would next try spinach or okra. Just use about the same proportion of veggies and boil/blanch to cook.

Since I don’t like my vegetables too sweet, when I make this I always cut back on the sugar.

You need a suribachi (I got mine off Amazon) to grind the sesame seeds, but if you don’t have one you could also use a food processor.

You want at least half of the sesame seeds ground, to extract oil and flavor from the inside of the seeds.

If you don’t want to make the sauce from scratch it is available premade in little packets online. Since it’s a little expensive, you should be able to find it at a Japanese market. Maybe a well-stocked Asian market.

Goma-ae is one of my favorite ways of eating vegetables. And it’s easy to throw together and healthy too!

Here is a video of me putting this together. Let me know what you think!


For those keen on getting started cooking Japanese food, I’ve put together a quick reference on Japanese Food Supplies that can help get you started! Check it out if you haven’t seen it yet!


In case you missed them, here are some of my other Japanese recipes!



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Moyashi Goma-ae (mung bean sprouts with sweet sesame soy) BigOven - Save recipe or add to grocery list Yum
Course side
Cuisine Japanese
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 2 minutes
Course side
Cuisine Japanese
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 2 minutes
  1. Fill a medium pot with about 4 cups water and 1 teaspoon of salt. Bring to a boil
  2. Once boiling, add the sprouts and cook for about 1 minute and 30 seconds. Drain and set aside.
  3. Meanwhile toast the sesame seeds until fragrant.
  4. Place the sesame seeds in a suribachi and grind at least half.
  5. Add the remaining ingredients and mix well.
  6. Combine the sprouts with the sauce and serve.

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