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Sticky Shitake Stir-Fry


Ever wondered what all Chinese cuisine includes apart from the common chilli chicken and chilli paneer? This recipe answers the question. Opting a little different route from the regular dishes, today we have a mushroom stir fry dish for you, and not just any mushrooms, the most premium shiitake mushrooms.


 

What is Sticky Shiitake Stir fry?

Stir fry is not a specific recipe, but one of the classic Chinese methods of cooking. In this form of cooking, ingredients of a dish are continuously tossed and stirred in oil with a wok over high heat. The mushrooms used in this recipe are shiitake mushrooms, which are mostly available in their dehydrated form and need to be soaked before using in a recipe like a stir fry. 

 



How to make Sticky Shiitake Stir Fry 

  1. In a bowl take cubed button mushrooms and soaked shiitake mushrooms, add cornflour to it and mix them all to coat. In a stainless steel kadai, shallow fry the mushrooms in a little bit of refined oil.  

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2. In a clean stainless steel kadai, add some sesame oil and chopped garlic with ginger, break a dried red chilli into it and saute everything, add chopped onions and bell peppers to the kadai and saute them as well. 

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3. Add some soy sauce, honey and chilli paste to the pan and mix it all together. Tear in some basil leaves and stir it in with some leftover shiitake water. Season the sauce with some cornflour slurry. 

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4. Add the fried mushrooms into the sauce and toss to coat them evenly with the prepared sauce. Serve these hot onto a platter. 

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Expert Tips

  1. Shiitake mushrooms are dry when they come packaged, so they need to be soaked before cooking
  2. It's important to cook the bell peppers fully before adding the sauces and slurry.
  3. If you want, you can also top the dish with some toasted sesame seeds.

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