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Asparagus-Stuffed Chikuwa Fish Paste Sticks

Asparagus-Stuffed Chikuwa Fish Paste Sticks

These are easy to make and tasty. Try them in your bento or as a snack with drinks.

Ingredients

Asparagus
1 stalk
Chikuwa
2 sticks
Mayonnaise
to taste
Black pepper (I recommend coarsely ground)
to taste
Soy sauce
to taste

Steps

1. Parboil the asparagus or wrap in plastic wrap and microwave for about 20 to 30 seconds.
2. Cut the asparagus in half and stuff into the chikuwa. Even if the asparagus is thick, force it through.
3. Once the chikuwa are stuffed, slice into bite-sized pieces. (I first slice them in half, then diagonally in half again.)
4. Heat a pan, then add mayonnaise (I use a 5 cm dab). When the mayonnaise starts to dissolve, add the chikuwa and sauté.
5. When the chikuwa turns a nice golden brown, remove from the heat, season with pepper and soy sauce, and it's ready to serve.
6. If the asparagus is still tough, microwave for about 30 seconds.

Story Behind this Recipe

I added some variation to a recipe taught to me by my mother-in-law.