Tahini, tahine, tehina, or sesame paste is a paste of ground sesame seeds used in cooking. Middle Eastern tahini is made of hulled, lightly roasted seeds. East Asian sesame paste is made of unhulled seeds.
Sesame paste is an ingredient in some Chinese, Korean, and Japanese dishes; it is a key ingredient of the Szechuan dish Dan dan noodles. Because East Asian sesame paste is made from unhulled seeds, it is more bitter than tahini, and higher in some nutrients.
For the next year I will go on a mission to use sesame seed paste in as many different ways that are possible and show the world that this is better then mayonnaise, ketchup, and soy sauce combined. (I will also see how I can incorporate those three items with tahina as well..)