DRAGON WHISKERS SALAD
SERVES 3 TO 4
1 pound fresh asparagus
Boiling salted water
1 T. wine vinegar
1/2 t. ginger root, minced
1/4 t. sesame oil
Break off and discard tough ends of asparagus; scrub spears with stiff brush under running water to remove any sand.
Break each spear and tender parts into 2-inch pieces.
Barely cook (4 minutes) in boiling salted water; drain.
Rinse immediately under cold running water; drain.
Combine vinegar, sugar, salt, ginger and sesame oil; marinate “whiskers” in vinegar-sesame dressing a few minutes before serving.
NOTE: Make “whiskers” hot by adding a vew drops Tabasco sauce and ground Szechuan pepper to taste (use sparingly!!!) Also - corn or peanut oil can be substituted for sesame oil.