Black Sesame Asparagus

Categories: Asian, Kidney Yin Vacuity, Liver Yin Vacuity, Lung Phlegm Heat, Side Dishes, Vegetables


Black Sesame Asparagus


1 Medium-size bunch asparagus (1 lb.)
A pinch of salt
3 TBL. Black Sesame seeds
2 TBL. Mirin or sherry
1 TBL. Soy sauce
1 tsp. Lemon juice

1. Cut the asparagus into 2-in. pcs.
2. In medium-size pot, bring 2-3 cups of water to a boil; add salt & asparagus stalks, then after 1-2 minutes add the asparagus tips. Lower the heat & simmer for 2-3 minutes until the stalks are tender.
3. Drain the asparagus & rinse w/ cold water to preserve their color & stop the cooking.
4. Toast the sesame seeds in a dry skillet over medium heat, stirring, for about 5 minutes. Remove from pan & let cool for a couple minutes.
5. Place the seeds in a food processor & whirl until powdery or grind in a mortar & pestle.
6. Stir the sesame powder, mirin, soy sauce & lemon juice together, and then drizzle the mixture over the asparagus before serving.

Asparagus: Cool, sweet, & bitter, clears heat, detoxifies, promotes circulation & clears lungs.
Black Sesame: Neutral, sweet, tonifies liver & kidney, harmonize the blood, & nourishes yin.
Mirin: Sweet cooking wine, pungent & promotes circulation.
Soy sauce: Cold, salty, sweet, clears heat & detoxifies.
Lemon juice: Cool, sour, regenerates body fluids.

TCM: This dish builds yin & blood & moisten intestines, clears heat & moisten Lungs.