Wadaman Co., Ltd. is located in Osaka, Japan and has been a sesame manufacturer for more than 130 years. The fourth generation owner, Etsuji Wade, has been personally roasting the seeds for over 40 years. Known as the best roaster in Japan, his skills produce sesame seeds with a delicate and nuanced flavour like none other.
Their legendary roasting process is intense and a labour of love. The sesame seeds are washed 13 times before they are roasted for exactly 92 seconds. Two roasters stand over the roast, regulating temperatures in one degree increments until the seeds reach their optimum roast. They are then transferred to a conveyor belt for separating. Specially built cameras scan the seeds, picking out the ones that do not pass quality control to be served as roasted seeds. Lasers pick these seeds off the belt to be converted into their sesame seeds and oil.
The golden roasted sesame seeds are in a class of their own with a distinct rich aroma. The oil is bright and light, perfumed by the rounded nuttiness of the roasted seeds. Add to salads and dressings, as a dip for chilled vegetables like cucumbers and peppers. Brush onto bread before toasting when serving with Katsu sandwiches or use as a finishing oil for ramen, stir fries or noodles.
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