April 07, 2012

Asian Asparagus

I just love this time of the year, because finally the fresh spring vegetables are on the market. It is refreshing even to go shopping in this season, don't you think? Usually I just pack everything in my basket not even knowing how and when will be all eaten. But how could anyone resist the popping red of radishes, the huge artichokes, the deep green of the broccoli, the spring onion and of course the crunchy asparagus. Lately I consume a lot of vegetables, and leave the meat to my husband. It must be the spring, and probably my body needs to suck in as much vitamin as she can after the long cold winter.

So in my last daze of shopping I got especially excited when I have found these extra thin beauties. I had to have them! Here and now I have to make a confession, I only like the green asparagus. The white ones disgust me, cannot stand their yellowish white color and they do not have the springy freshness of the green ones. And anyway, you can do so much more with the greens, like eat it raw, or with noodles, or shrimps. But lately I think that one of the best ways of eating it is this salad. These asian spices really bring out the best of the asparagus.
It took me a whole day to figure it out how they will be prepared, but it was worth waiting. This was seriously one of the best asparagus meals I have ever had! And you really do not need anything else just the basic Asian sauces and about 10 minutes from your prescious time.

Asian Asparagus salad

250g green asparagus
2 Tbsp sesame oil
1 Tbsp soy sauce
1 Tbsp cane sugar
1/2 Tbsp oyster sauce
1 minced garlic
chili according to taste
pinch of salt
sesame seed

In a bowl combine the soy sauce, oyster sauce, garlic, chili, salt and cane sugar. Clean the asparagus and toss them in sesame oil. Heat up a pan and bake them for few minutes then add the sauce. Bake them for about 8-10 minutes. Sprinkle with sesame seeds.

1 comment:

  1. AnonymousJune 22, 2012

    Awesome recipe. Thanks so much for sharing!
    If you are interested in finding out about growing your own asparagus.