Here’s a twist on commonplace hummus featuring the Asian flavors of ginger, soy sauce, and sesame oil in place of the traditional Middle Eastern seasonings.
Step 1: Set aside 1 tablespoon of the scallion greens. Place the chickpeas, remaining scallion, ginger, and garlic in a food processor and puree to a smooth paste. Add the soy sauce, rice vinegar, and sesame oil, running the processor in short bursts and adding a few tablespoons of water if necessary to obtain a smooth dip.
Step 2: Taste for seasoning, adding more soy sauce, rice vinegar, and/or sesame oil as necessary. Transfer the hummus to a serving bowl and sprinkle the reserved scallion greens on top.
Step 3: Serve with Sesame Pita Chips or your favorite Asian-style rice crackers for dipping.
To make traditional Middle Eastern hummus, puree the chickpeas with 1 clove garlic, 3 to 4 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil, 2 to 3 tablespoons freshly squeezed lemon juice, and an optional 3 tablespoons tahini (sesame seed paste).