A co-worker told me that her BMW was the best thing to come out of her failed marriage. I didn't get that lucky. Toasted sesame oil was about all I got out of my first marriage. And a couple old cats.
When I was in my twenties, I ate a lot of cheap ramen, the five-for-a-buck gutfill kind. I wasn't sophisticated enough to get beyond the foil MSG packets, though my Vietnamese college roommate got me to try duck sauce (no thanks). When I met my first wife, she introduced me to the magic condiment - toasted sesame oil. A few drops of toasted sesame oil, soy sauce and a bead of Vietnamese chili sauce and my ramen evolved into a respectable dish. The unopened MSG packs piled up. You never know when you might need MSG.
I don't eat much ramen these days. But I always have toasted sesame oil around. I buy large bottles of sesame oil for Korean dishes like bulgogi or the spinach side dish as described by Maangchi. But I never need more than a few drops at a time of toasted sesame oil. The rich, nutty almost oaky smell fixes bland fried rice or other leftover-motivated dishes.
I started playing with Microsoft Movie Maker today. I thought a little demonstration of the easiest thing in the world to cook (with a few drops of the magic ingredient) was in order. Let me know what you think.