Simple Sesame Asparagus
~ 1 lb. very thin young asparagus spears, snapped in half
~ 1/4 cup soy sauce
~ 1 tbsp. toasted sesame oil
~ 2 tbsp. sesame seeds
~ In a small bowl, combine the soy sauce and sesame oil; set aside.
~ Saute the sesame seeds over medium heat in a dry skillet, until golden brown and giving off a toasty aroma. Remove from skillet and set aside to cool.
~ In the same skillet, bring about an inch of water to a rolling boil. Place the asparagus in the water, cover, and cook for about 90 seconds (the spears should be bright green). Transfer immediately to a colander, and rinse with cold water to stop the asparagus cooking.
~ Blot the asparagus on a lint-free tea towel, transfer to a large bowl, and pour on the sesame/soy mixture. Sprinkle on the toasted sesame seeds, and mix thoroughly to coat.
~ Serve immediately, or if you'd like to have this cold, cover and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes.