• Made from toasted, single-origin Chinese sesame seeds
  • Stone-ground by traditional methods to a creamy, pourable paste
  • Certified USDA Organic
  • Made for us in Shandong, China
  • The only choice for dan dan noodles and sesame noodles

Organic Stone-Ground Chinese Sesame Paste (Zhi Ma Jiang)


  • Made from toasted, single-origin Chinese sesame seeds
  • Stone-ground by traditional methods to a creamy, pourable paste
  • Certified USDA Organic
  • Made for us in Shandong, China
  • The only choice for dan dan noodles and sesame noodles

The Mala Market's Pure Chinese Sesame Paste is made from single-origin Chinese sesame seeds, stone-ground without chemicals or heat and with no additives or preservatives. Its pristine supply chain and production have earned it USDA Organic certification—a rarity for Chinese-made products. 

Another rarity is that the sesame seeds are not processed with blades but are ground to a paste in a circular motion between two large stones (see photo). This centuries-old production method insures that the sesame paste retains both its nutrients and its singular texture and taste.

While similar to tahini, Chinese sesame paste is made from a variety of sesame grown in Xingjiang and is toasted, giving it a much deeper color and robust flavor. It is the only choice for Sichuan dan dan noodles, zajiang noodles and sesame noodles as well as Chinese cold dishes, desserts and hot pot dipping sauce. Also unlike tahini, a little goes a long way, so this jar should last through many bowls of savory, nutty noodles or festive hot pot dinners. 

Nutrients: According to UC Berkeley Wellness, sesame seeds "are called the 'queen of oil seeds' for good reason... They are a notable source of nutrients, including protein, iron, zinc, copper, vitamin E, thiamin, calcium, magnesium, and manganese, plus unique lignans (sesamin and sesamolin), phytosterols (predominantly B-sitosterol), fiber, and other potentially beneficial compounds."

Usage: All sesame paste that is not heavily diluted will separate into oil and solids over time. Because this paste is so fresh, having been made expressly for us quite recently, it has barely begun to separate. Give a good stir when you first open it, and you'll have a beautiful, thick but runny paste that's perfect for sauces. You can also dilute with water or oil for an even runnier consistency or lighter taste. Store in a cool, dark place.

Producer: Made for The Mala Market in Shandong, China. Certified USDA Organic by ECOCERT SA
Size: 10.2 ounces (290 grams)
Ingredients: 100% organic sesame seed
Best by: September 2020