Asparagus with Yurine


Most people are surprised to find out that this soft, creamy paste that complements the asparagus so much is actually yurine (lily bulb). This is definitely a more unusual cooking method to prepare yurine that brings an elegant touch to the dish.


  • 1–2 fresh yurine (lily bulb)
  • 12 large green asparagus spears
  • 100 ml (3⅓ fl oz) konbu dashi
  • 1 Tbsp Japanese soy sauce
  • 1 Tbsp sake
  • Sea salt, as needed


Wash yurine and trim the base. Remove any black spots and steam the yurine petals for about 10 minutes or until soft. Set aside to cool.

Trim root ends of asparagus and cut into halves or thirds lengthwise.

Heat konbu dashi in a pan and add asparagus, soya sauce, sake and salt. Simmer for about 2–3 minutes or until tender.

Add yurine and gently stir in. Mix well and mash gently so that the simmering stock becomes a thick, starchy paste. Simmer for another 1–2 minutes.

Divide into 4 equal portions and serve.