This quick and easy Japanese spinach salad is typically served as a side. Informal Japanese gastropubs called izakayas specialize in small-to-medium portion communal dishes – and you’ll frequently find gomae on the menu alongside other mainstays like takowasa, karaage and blistered shishito peppers.
Gomae (or goma ae) is a Japanese side dish made of blanched spinach tossed in a sweet, savory, and nutty sesame sauce. Now, the term ‘gomae’ actually refers to the sesame dressing itself. Goma means ‘sesame seeds’ – and Ae loosely means tossing or mixing together.