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BRAISED SHIITAKE MUSHROOMS WITH BROCCOLI 焖香菇西兰花

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BRAISED SHIITAKE MUSHROOMS WITH BROCCOLI 焖香菇西兰花

I absolutely loved the taste of the mushrooms after following this recipe closely. Will definitely attempt this again!

my first attempt. Tasted great! But my liquid evaporated too much and I didn’t get much gravy left. The next time, I will cook extra sauce to top the dish. Adds to the visual appeal too.

Ingredients

Seasoning

Sauce (Optional)

Instructions

  1. Prepare all ingredients needed to cook this dish.

  2. Also, have ready all the seasonings needed.

  3. Soak dried shiitake mushroom in water until slightly soft.

  4. Strain and retain 1 1/2 cup of mushroom water (from soaked mushrooms).

  5. Drained the rehydrated shiitake mushrooms.

  6. Using a pair of scissors or sharp knife, cut and remove the stems from the softened mushrooms.

  7. Set aside the mushrooms for use later.

  8. Soaked the broccoli in salt water for about 5 minutes and then rinse to remove any dirt.

  9. Then cut the cleaned broccoli into florets by cutting them off from the stem.

  10. Skinned and cut ginger into slices.

  11. Cut one carrot into slices.

  12. Bring water with salt added in a wok to a boil.

  13. Blanch broccoli florets in the boiling water for 1 to 2 minutes.

  14. Remove the broccoli florets with a ladle and drained dry. Set aside for later use.

  15. In the same wok, blanch the sliced carrots for 1 minute and set aside. And we’re ready to cook the dish!

  16. Heat up oil in a wok and saute the cut ginger slices.

  17. Add in the drained and rehydrated shiitake mushrooms. Stir fry the mushrooms until fragrant.

  18. Add in sugar.

  19. Then a dash of ground white pepper.

  20. Also add in vegetarian oyster sauce.

  21. Then, stir in soy sauce.

  22. And salt.

  23. Continue to stir fry making sure all the seasonings are infused into the mushrooms.

  24. Then, pour in the retained mushroom water.

  25. Bring the mushroom fluid to a boil.

  26. Cover and simmer over low heat for 15 minutes, making sure that the heat is giving a gentle simmer rather than a rapid boil. Be sure to stir and check on the mushrooms occasionally throughout the braising process.

  27. Then stir in the sliced carrots.

  28. Thicken the shiitake mushrooms with a little cornstarch water. And we’re done!

  29. To serve, place broccoli florets prepared earlier in a circle around a serving plate and place the braised mushrooms in the centre and serve immediate. As always, ENJOY!

Recipe Notes

Try to choose mushrooms with thicker flesh and are shiny black in colour.

To make the mushroom flesh smoother and velvety, you can actually rub the mushroom with a bit of cornflour. Set aside for about 10 minutes before rinsing.

To make the mushrooms shiny, try adding a small piece of rock sugar into the braising liquid.

You can choose to put the blanched broccoli florets into a bowl of ice water to stop the broccoli from continuously cooking and keep the colour vibrant.

Use lower temperature for longer time when braising the mushrooms.

 

(Optional): Mix sauce ingredients in a bowl and cook in pot until sauce thickened. Pour the warm sauce over the dish and serve immediately.