No lunch in the garden yesterday. I managed to take two photos of my bok choy and mushrooms in oyster sauce before the rain fell. Then, Speedy and I went into a mad scramble to get the food and photography equipment indoors.
There are many Chinese recipes for bok choy and mushrooms. There are stir fries and soups while others simply require blanching. Some include oyster sauce among the ingredients; others do not.
My recipe is a combination of two cooking processes. The bok choy was blanched in boiling broth while the mushrooms were stir fried with garlic.
- 8 to 12 stalks of bok choy
- 8 to 10 fresh shiitake mushrooms
- 3 cups of vegetable broth
- 2 tablespoons cooking oil
- 1 tablespoon minced garlic
- ½ teaspoon salt
- ¼ teaspoon pepper
- ½ teaspoon sugar
- a small splash of rice wine
- 2 tablespoons vegetarian oyster sauce
- a drizzle of sesame seed oil
- toasted sesame seeds, to garnish
- Rinse the bok choy. If they are rather large, split lengthwise vertically.
- Remove and discard the mushroom stems. Cut the caps into thick slices.
- In a shallow pan, bring the vegetable broth to a boil. Add the bok choy and cook over high heat for two to three minutes. The actual cooking time depends on the size of your bok choy. You want to cook them just until the leaves wilt. Scoop out, let drip then arrange on a serving plate.
- In a wok or frying pan, heat the oil. Add the garlic and mushrooms. Sprinkle in the salt, pepper and sugar. Stir fry the mushrooms and garlic for about half a minute. Pour in the rice wine and two tablespoons of the vegetable broth in which the bok choy was cooked. Cook for two minutes. Scoop out the mushrooms and pile on top of the bok choy.
- To the remaining liquid in the wok or frying pan, add the vegetarian oyster sauce. Heat until simmering. If too thick, add another tablespoon of broth. Turn off the heat. Drizzle in a little sesame seed oil and stir.
- Spoon the sauce over the mushrooms and bok choy. Garnish with sesame seeds.
- Serve the bok choy and mushrooms in oyster sauce as a side dish or as a vegan main dish.