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Sichuan-style asparagus with peanuts
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Preparation time: 15 minutes
Cooking time: 10 minutes
Total time: 25 Minutes
Serves: 4 (as a side)
½ tsp Sichuan peppercorns
1 garlic clove, finely grated
20g fresh root ginger, finely grated
1 tbsp clear honey (or maple syrup)
1 tbsp rice wine vinegar
11/2 tbsp soy sauce
1 tbsp vegetable oil
400g asparagus, trimmed and halved lengthways
25g roasted unsalted peanuts, roughly chopped
½ x 28g pack coriander, roughly chopped
1 Lightly toast the peppercorns in a dry wok or large frying pan over a medium heat for about 30 seconds, then grind them finely with a pestle and mortar. Put in a small bowl with the garlic, ginger, honey (or maple syrup), vinegar and soy sauce; mix and set aside.
2 Put the wok or frying pan over a high heat and add the oil. When it begins to smoke, add the asparagus. Fry for 3-4 minutes, until the asparagus starts to soften but still has a little bite. Working quickly, pour in the sauce, fry for 1 minute, then loosen with a splash of water. Spoon onto warm serving plates. Scatter with the peanuts and coriander and serve straight away.
Cook's tip: this is delicious with roasted salmon or griddled steak.
Typical values per serving:
High in folic acid