Cut the bottom 2 inches of the asparagus stalks off. They are too tough. They can be saved for stock making.
Roll out the paper towel. Just get it slightly damp with water.
Lay the asparagus out in a single layer. Add the salt and sumac.
Roll up the paper towel with the asparagus inside.
Place in the microwave for 3 to 4 minutes or until the asparagus is tender.
Allow to sit in the microwave for 1 minute before removing. Use tongs to remove it.
Gently unfold the towel and allow any steam to escape.
Place into your serving dish. Drizzle on the oil and sprinkle on the cheese.