Friday, February 20, 2015

Recipe: Braised mushrooms with broccoli and fat choy (CNY Vegetarian)

Hello! How are your Year of the Goat Chinese New Year celebrations going so far? Goat or meh (get it?)? We had a full vegetarian day on the first day of CNY. One of the auspicious dishes that we made was braised mushrooms with broccoli and fat choy.

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
Serves 4-5

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.


I am submitting this to the "Cook & Celebrate: CNY 2015" event which I am co-hosting with Zoe of Bake for Happy Kids and Diana of The Domestic Goddess Wannabe. To join, simply cook or bake any Chinese New Year recipes for the whole month of February 2015.

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  1. Oh I love this dish when it gets served to us at a restaurant. Shiitakes are one of my favourite mushrooms! :D

  2. ooo, i didn't know the symbolic meanings behind shiitake and enoki :) great-looking dish ... i usually swipe all the broccoli from these platters, cos that's one of my favourite veggies! :D

  3. Yen. I love your vegetarian dish! Won't even miss any meat if I eat this :)

  4. Hi Yen,

    I remember that my family used to eat vegetarian food on the first day of new year too. Like what you have cooked for your family.



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