Sweet and Salty Sesame Peanut Topping (Muoi Me Dau Phong)

Toasted sesame seeds, crushed roasted peanuts, a little sugar and a bit of salt–a simple combination that just excites my taste buds.  This delicious topping is commonly enjoyed on various sticky rice (xoi, a staple in the Viet diet) dishes and desserts.  I always have this sweet and savory mixture handy in my cupboard.  2 spoonfuls of this addicting peanut and sesame medley on top of sticky rice or brown rice and I have a quick breakfast or snack.  This recipe is as simple as it gets. If you don’t have a mini-food chopper, you can use a blender or simply put everything inside a plastic resealable bag and then use a bottle or rolling pin to crush the peanuts and mix everything together.  (You can use the bag to store it as well.)

Try it as a topping for grilled meats or sprinkle it on sauces and salads for some extra pizazz!

Below are some recipes you can enjoy with this topping:

Sticky Rice and Hominy
Pandan Sticky Rice
Coconut Sticky Rice and Mango
Quick Sticky Rice and Mung Bean
Sticky Rice Balls in Ginger Syrup
Grilled Chicken Lettuce Wraps
Essential Dipping Sauces

Watch the video below for instructions.


1 cup roasted peanuts
3 Tbsp toasted sesame seeds
3 Tbsp sugar
1 tsp salt


Pulse peanuts in food processor or blender for 10 seconds.  Add sugar, salt and toasted sesame seeds and pulse for another 5-6 seconds.

Store unused portions in air-tight container.

Yields: 1 1/4 cup

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