Monday, January 13, 2014

Recipe: Mixed vegetables with 3 types braised mushrooms (Vegetarian)

On the first day of Chinese New Year, our whole family will abstain from meat so we will prepare an array of delicious vegetarian dishes.

Mixed vegetables with 3 types of braised mushrooms

Usually, we will stick to vegetable dishes and avoid mock meats. Mixed vegetables is a popular dish since it symbolises family harmony. I used a mix of broccoli, celery and carrots as well as 3 types of mushrooms - Shitake, enoki and abalone mushrooms. This dish is absolutely heaving with good, auspicious meanings - carrots symbolises good luck, Shitake mushrooms symbolises longevity, enoki mushrooms, also known as golden needle mushroom represents "gold" and abalone's homonym is absolute prosperity.

This was actually my first time using abalone mushrooms. I saw it in the supermarket and thought it would be great in this dish. It has a thicker, meatier texture when compared to oyster mushrooms, and surprisingly my husband likes this poor man's abalone more than the real McCoy. For flavouring, we used the vegetarian mushroom sauce, which works just like oyster sauce to season the dish.

This is really delicious and something I would not mind having during our everyday meals.

Here are a few other easy vegetarian dishes you can try for CNY: Cabbage with Wood Ear Fungus & Enoki Mushrooms, braised tofu pok with mushrooms, and Japanese salt grilled eryngii mushrooms.

Today, my blog achieved a new milestone... 3 million hits :) I am really thankful for all your support, readership, comments, and to all those that trusted me, tried out my recipes and liked them!

3 bottles of Moet champagne to celebrate my 3 million hits! :P

Mixed vegetables with 3 types of braised mushrooms
Recipe by Baby Sumo
Preparation time: 10 - 15 minutes
Cooking time: 40 minutes
Serves 3-4

1 broccoli, cut into florets
1/3 carrot, sliced thinly
2 stalk celery, sliced thinly
2 cloves garlic, finely chopped
3-4 tbsp water
1 tbsp mushroom sauce

For the braised mushrooms
1 tbsp vegetable oil
2 cloves garlic, finely chopped
100g abalone mushrooms, cut into thick slices
1 pack enoki mushroom
8 dried Chinese mushrooms, soaked for 1 hour and stalk removed
2 tbsp mushroom sauce, or more to taste
400ml water

1. Start by braising the mushrooms. Heat oil in a small pot/saucepan over medium high heat, add the garlic and then fry for 1-2 minute until lightly browned. Add the Chinese mushrooms and stir fry for another minute. Then, add the water and bring to the boil. Once boiling, lower to medium low heat, add the mushroom sauce and simmer for 20 minutes or until the sauce has reduced to half.

2. Add the abalone mushrooms and cook for a further 5 minutes. Add the enoki mushrooms and cook for a further 2 minutes. Taste, and season with more mushroom sauce as required.

3. Meanwhile, you can cook the vegetables in a separate wok at the same time as Step 2. Heat oil over medium high heat, and then add garlic and fry for 1 minute until fragrant. Add the broccoli, celery and carrot as well as water and allow to cook for 2 minutes or until vegetables are cooked. Season with mushroom sauce.

4. To serve, carefully arrange vegetables on serving plate with braised mushrooms in the centre. Pour over sauce from braising mushrooms and serve immediately.

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  1. Simple but good! We don't have any specific food tradition for CNY but I do tend to keep reunion dishes vegetarian with the exception of one fish, perhaps.

  2. My family used to abstain from meat too but not anymore on the first day. Anyway, ,y mom will still cook some loh hon vegetables.

  3. the broccoli for me! i'm a fan of that particular veggie :D

  4. I love how different Asian mushrooms are in texture. My favourite are shiitakes and enoki which I see you've got there :D

  5. Indeed this dish is very suitable for this coming CNY. Simple and healthy.

  6. CONGRATS to you, Yen! Well done!

  7. Congratulation on your 3 million hits...may the kuda year be more hits for

  8. This looks and sounds amazing! Congratulations to you on your hits! The teapot in your photos reminds me of my childhood, as my mother had a set of dishes like that. Thank you so much for sharing.

  9. 3 type vege,3 type mushrooms, 3 bottles of champagne ,
    i can see a lot of "3 " in this post, the most impressive is the 3 million hits!!
    well done Yen, Congratulation !

    1. Thanks Aunty Young, you are so sharp, noticed all the 3s ;)

  10. Congratulations Yen!
    I love this combo of mushrooms and vegetables!

  11. If i make this for CNY my mom would be so proud.

  12. Make la! You would make me proud too LOL. It's so easy also lah.


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