Niku aspara

Niku Aspara

One of my favorite things to order at yakitori (chicken grilled on a skewer) places and izakayas (a kind of pub?) is nikuaspara (asparagus rolled in thinly sliced pork/beef and grilled). I can’t get enough. I have always made it with pork at home but beef was relatively reasonable this week so I decided to give it a shot. Since I don’t usually eat beef I wanted something comfortable and to me that means Lea & Perrins Worcestershire sauce – I use it on steak every time I eat it.  This ended up tasting a lot different from what you would usually get in Japan. The taste was simple and very familiar to me and I really enjoyed it.

Asparagus Rolled in Beef

5 asparagus spears
5 large pieces of shaved beef
1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
1/2 tablespoon soy sauce
1/2 tablespoon cooking sake
salt and pepper, to taste

Mix the Worcestershire sauce, soy sauce and sake in a small bowl and sprinkle over the meat. Let marinate for about 15-20 minutes. Trim the asparagus and parboil it for a couple of minutes, until the color becomes richer. Wrap one piece of meat around each asparagus spear. Sprinkle with salt and pepper. If you are in Japan, grill in the fish grill of your stove. If you are outside of Japan, broil. In the fish grill it took ten minutes for the meat to get a little crunchy. Cook until your desired level of browness on the outside. Serve hot.

4 thoughts on “Niku Aspara

  1. I want to try this, but the outer layer of the asparagus is always tough and stringy. I think I’ll try peeling the outer skin of with an apple peeler, then do this… Thanks for the idea!

    1. I hope you enjoy it. If peeling the asparagus doesn’t work try wrapping the meat around a few green beans instead.

  2. I want to try this, but the outer layer of the asparagus is always tough and stringy. I think I’ll try peeling the outer skin of with an apple peeler, then do this… Thanks for the idea!

    1. I hope you enjoy it. If peeling the asparagus doesn’t work try wrapping the meat around a few green beans instead.

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