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Asparagus and Mushrooms with Black Bean Sauce

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Category: Vegetables

 Ingredients List

  • 1 lb Asparagus, stiff ends
  • Peeled
  • 1/4 lb Brown button mushrooms (or
  • Mixed mushrooms)
  • 2 Garlic cloves
  • 1 tb Fermented black soybeans
  • 1 1/2 tb Rice vinegar
  • 1 tb Tamari (or soy sauce)
  • 1 ts Potato starch (or
  • Cornstarch)
  • 1 ts Brown sugar
  • 1 tb Sake or other rice wine


Cut asparagus on the diagonal into 1-2 inch pieces. Blanch for 5 minutes in
boiling water. Drain and set aside.

Wash and slice mushrooms. Set aside.

Mince the garlic. Rinse the black beans well. Mix garlic and beans
together. Set aside.

Mix together the rice vinegar, tamari, starch, sugar, and sake. Set aside.

Fill a glass with water and set handy next to the stove. Put a skillet over
high heat. When the pan is hot, dump the garlic mixture into the pan. Stir
fry for one minute, adding water as the mixture begins to stick add just
a little at time. Add the asparagus and stir fry for 10 minutes (or until
asparagus is just shy of being crisp-done), again adding water just as
needed. Add mushrooms and stir fry for 2-5 more minutes. Add the vinegar
mixture (giving it a last stir to make sure starch is well mixed), stir
until evenly coated and sauce thickens. Serve immediately.


Fermented black soybeans are available in Asian markets. Usually labled
"salted black beans". I find them in the preserved food section in plastic

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