Did I tell you that I was on strict vegetarian diet for over a short period of time? It was done with religious purpose. Hence, I ate only pure vegetarian meals, without garlic, onion and spring onion, this time.
This was a dish I liked during these days. Easy and pure. Yes, unlike my previous Assorted Asian mushroom recipe, I did not cook this with garlic and ginger. Also, used only 2 kinds of mushroom in this dish.
The intensively flavoured sauce in this mushroom dish went perfectly well with steamed white rice.
1 large bowl of Shimeji mushrooms (trimmed) and fresh shiitake mushrooms (trimmed and diced)
1 tablespoons of vegetarian mushroom sauce
1 teaspoon of light soy sauce
1 teaspoon of sesame oil
Pinch of sugar
50ml of water
Some corn starch slurry (mix 1/4 teaspoon of cornstarch with 1 teaspoon of water)
1 tablespoon of vegetable oil
1/2 teaspoon of white sesame, roasted
(1) Sauté white sesame on a dry heated wok until lightly browned and its aroma releases. Transfer into a bowl for later.
(2) Heat oil in wok over medium fire. Rinse mushrooms once, and add into wok. Sauté mushrooms until lightly browned. Stir to flip once or twice during the sautéing process. Sprinkle light soy sauce, followed by sesame oil, in circular motion around the wok to create some sizzling effect that will help enhance the aromas of the dish.
(3) Stir fry a little to combine. Add water, lower heat to low fire, and let it simmer for 1-2 minutes. Add mushroom sauce and sugar, stir fry to combine well. Drizzle cornstarch slurry to thicken the sauce before heat off. Dish up and garnish with sesame. Serve hot with steamed rice.
This vegetarian mushrooms dish is low in fat. So, vegetarian diet or not, feel free to eat! You and your loved ones, from the young to ‘less-young’ ones, would just love this. :D
Tips: Shimeji mushrooms are usually sold with untrimmed roots in a small packet/ punnet. Get just one packet, plus 5-6 ears of fresh Shiitake mushrooms would be enough to serve 2-3 person.
* You may sprinkle the white sesame as garnishing, or mix into cooking. If mixed, add more, 1 teaspoon, perhaps.