Cooked a vegetarian feast on 1st Day of CNY
For this dish, I used two types of mushrooms - dried Chinese mushrooms as well as enoki mushrooms - Shitake mushrooms symbolises longevity, enoki mushrooms, also known as golden needle mushroom represents "gold. I also added some carrots for color and it also symbolizes "good luck" and fat choy 发菜 (black moss) homonym is "struck it rich". Whenever we go vegetarian, mushroom sauce is our best friend for flavoring the sauces. A splash of ginger or Shaoxing wine makes the sauce super yummy.
That sauce is awesome with the longevity noodles that we usually have during CNY
Enjoy the rest of the celebrations.
Meh the Huat be with you... cute!
Braised mushrooms with broccoli and fat choy
Recipe by Baby Sumo
Preparation time: 10-15 minutes
Cooking time: 25-30 minutes
1/2 head broccoli, cut into florets
2 packs enoki (straw) mushrooms, ends trimmed and rinsed
2 cups dried Chinese mushrooms, rehydrated in water and stalks removed
4 tbsp mushroom sauce
1- 1 1/2 cup water
1 tsp ginger wine
1 clove garlic, finely chopped
2 tbsp cooking oil
1/4 carrot, cut into matchsticks
A small handful fat choy 发菜 (black moss)
1. In a wok or saucepan, heat oil over medium high heat. Add garlic and fry for 1-2 minutes, until golden brown. Add Chinese mushrooms and stir fry for 4-5 minutes, then add 1 cup of water and bring to the boil. Season with 2 tbsp mushroom sauce and ginger wine, or to taste. Once boiling, lower to medium low heat and simmer for another 10 minutes. Arrange in a plate.
2. Add broccoli florets and cook for 2-3 minutes, or until cooked through. Remove and arrange on plate.
3. If sauce has reduced significantly, top up with 1/2 cup water and season with more mushroom sauce, as necessary.
4. Add enoki mushrooms and carrots and cook for 2 minutes or until softened. Place enoki in centre of plate and arrange carrots in an attractive manner.
5. Soak fat choy in cold water for 5 minutes. Drain and then quickly blanch in sauce for 20 seconds. Remove and top on enoki mushrooms.
6. Reduce sauce slightly to a thick (syrupy) consistency, then pour over the mushrooms. Serve immediately.
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