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Sesame seeds 芝麻 (zhī ma)

Made from sesame seeds, there are two kinds, light (untoasted) and toasted. The light variety can be used for cooking. The toasted variety is an amber-colored oil made from roasted and pressed sesame seeds. It is very fragrant and has a slight peanut flavor. It is generally not used for frying but is added at the end of cooking or as a condiment to add flavor.

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