These are easy to make and tasty. Try them in your bento or as a snack with drinks.
I added some variation to a recipe taught to me by my mother-in-law.
For a different tasty touch, try substituting shichimi togarashi (seven spice condiment) for the black pepper. If the asparagus stalk is too thin, it may fall out of the chikuwa while frying. Select a thick asparagus stalk for best results.
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