Asparagus Salad with Pickled Red Ginger

Title: Asparagus Salad with Pickled Red Ginger
Categories: Chinese, Salads
Yield: 4 Servings

12 Medium-size asparagus
4 Pieces pickled red ginger

1 tb Thin soy sauce
1/4 ts Ginger juice
1 pn Sugar
1 tb Sesame oil

Asparagus salad is typical of many Chinese vegetable salads, in that the
vegetable is first steamed, then cooled, before slicing and dressing.

Wash asparagus spears. Use sharp paring knife to peel off tough white skin
on lower stem and cut off the very end. When steamer is hot, steam spears
until barely cooked. They are overcooked when the color is olive. Remove
from steamer, drain any water, and cool to room temperature. Meanwhile, mix
dressing ingredients in small bowl. Slice pickled red ginger into thin
slivers. About ten minutes before serving, slice spears on the bias into
2″ segments. Place on serving dish, intermingled with pickled ginger. Pour
dressing over asparagus, and let it permeate the salad. Serve at room
temperature. This salad can also be served while asparagus is still warm,
or it can be chilled.

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