Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Baby Bok Choy & Mushrooms with Oyster Sauce

I could eat this dish Every. Single. Day.

It's all about the simple sauce, which tastes delicious with the crunchy bok choy and earthy shiitake mushrooms. The combination is so fresh and healthy. We even got Max to eat his first mushroom in six years (!!) — all thanks to this recipe.

This vegetable blend makes a great side dish. The oyster sauce is also divine with broccoli, bell peppers, snow peas and whatever else you have on hand. Serve it along side cashew chicken or Asian glazed pork tenderloin. Or make it a complete meal by adding stir-fried strips of chicken or beef or sautéed shrimp.

Mangia! Mangia!

Baby Bok Choy & Mushrooms with Oyster Sauce
Adapted from

4 tablespoons oyster sauce
2 tablespoons low-sodium soy sauce
1 tablespoon brown sugar
2 teaspoons cornstarch
1/2 cup water
8 heads baby bok choy, trimmed but leaving heads intact
1 cup water (for microwave steaming)
3 tablespoons peanut or vegetable oil
1 bunch green onions, thinly sliced
1 to 2 tablespoons minced garlic
10 ounces sliced shiitake mushrooms (or substitute your favorite fungi)

In a small bowl, whisk together oyster sauce, soy sauce and brown sugar until sugar dissolves. Mix cornstarch and water, making sure cornstarch dissolves. Combine water and oyster sauce mixtures, stirring until smooth. Set aside.

Steam bok choy in microwave or blanche on stove top. Place bok choy in microwave safe bowl or dish with 1 cup water. Cover with vented lid and cook on high about 4 or 5 minutes until tender and bright green. Alternatively, bring pot of water to boil. Add bok choy and cook for 2 to 3 minutes, until shiny and green. With either method, drain and set aside on a serving platter.

Heat oil in large pan. Add onions and garlic until fragrant, about 30 seconds. Add mushrooms and cook until tender, stirring often. This should take about 20 minutes. Add oyster sauce mixture and mix to coat mushrooms and heat through. Pour mushroom sauce over bok choy. Serve with white rice.

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