Sunday, January 19, 2014

Recipe: Stir fried leeks with sliced mushrooms (CNY)

Ingredients with auspicious-sounding names are sought-after during Chinese New Year. For this reason, leeks 蒜 are commonly served as the name is a homophone for "calculating (money)" (算suàn). There are several ways of serving it - stir frying with roast pork (siew yoke), mushrooms or garlic, just to name a few.

My personal favorite is stir frying it with some Chinese or shitake mushrooms as well as some dried shrimps. Dried shrimps contribute an umami flavour to this dish, and the Chinese name hae mi 虾米sounds like laughter "ha ha ha". Mushrooms 冬菇 also have an auspicious meaning - longevity. I'd like to think that anyone who has eaten this dish would have "a long and happy life counting countless amounts of money" ;)

Stir fried leeks with sliced mushrooms

Leeks belongs to the same family as onion and garlic, and hence can have quite a pungent, mildly spicy taste when raw. I usually stir fry it for 3-4 minutes, enough to cook it so it's still got a crunchy and firm texture and still a vibrant green colour.

This is also suitable as a vegetarian dish, just omit the dried shrimps and season instead with mushroom sauce or simply vegetable stock granules or salt.

Stir fried leeks with sliced mushrooms
Recipe by Baby Sumo
Preparation time: 10 minutes
Cooking time: 8-9 minutes
Serves 3

250g leeks, trimmed and sliced into 2" lengths
2 cloves garlic, finely chopped
2 tbsp cooking oil
2 tsp dried shrimp 虾米
2 Chinese or shitake mushrooms, sliced thinly
2 tbsp water
1 tsp ginger wine (optional)
1 tsp chicken stock granules

1. In a wok, heat oil over medium high heat. Add garlic and fry for 2 minutes, until lightly browned. Then, add the dried shrimp and cook for about 1-2 minute until fragrant.

2. Add the leeks and sliced mushrooms and stir fry for about 1 minute, then add the water and ginger wine and allow to cook for a further 2-3minutes, until the leeks are cooked through. Season with chicken stock granules and serve immediately.

Note: To make this a wholly vegetarian dish, omit the dried shrimp and chicken stock granules, and flavour with vegetarian mushroom sauce instead. :)

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  1. another really attractive recipe for the upcoming festive season! my grandmother would certainly enjoy this one :)

  2. I always had this with roast pork, adding dried shrimps seems a good idea :)

  3. I have fried leek with arrowhead for my dinner, your dish look good too!
    I feel sorry that i have missed a chance meet you that day,

  4. My mom usually stir fries Leeks with Prawns, never with mushrooms before. Maybe i can suggest to her! Thanks for sharing :D

  5. How pretty is this, perfect for January.

  6. I can't wait for Chinese New Year! It's one of my favourite times of the year. And I love how food is chosen because of the sound of it or the shape of it! :D

  7. Beautifully presented and healthy! In response to your question about the green flowers on my blog post, they are indeed hydrangeas!

  8. this looks good and healthy, my mom will approve!

  9. Very nice and meaning dish! Who can resist counting countless money while laughing and living a happy long life :))

  10. What a simple and yummy dish, Yen.


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