The cultivated mushrooms common in Europe and America were virtually unknown in China until quite recently. They are now increasingly popular there. Their mild, subtle flavor makes them perfect for stir-frying with Chinese spices. This dish is simple to make and reheats well. Serve it with Braised Duck and plain steamed rice. It also goes perfectly with grilled meats.


  • 1 tbsp peanut oil
  • 1 tsp ginger root, finely chopped
  • 2 tsps scallions, finely chopped
  • 1 tsp garlic, finely chopped
  • ½ lb small fresh mushrooms, whole
  • 1 tsp chili bean sauce
  • 2 tsps rice wine
  • 2 tsps dark soy sauce
  • 1 tbsp chicken stock, or water
  • ½ tsp sugar
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • 1 tsp sesame oil


Heat a wok or large skillet over high heat until it is hot. Add the oil and then the ginger, scallions, and garlic. Stir-fry for about 20 seconds. Then add the mushrooms and stir-fry them for about 30 seconds. Quickly add the rest of the ingredients except the sesame oil. continue to stir-fry for about 5 minutes or until the mushrooms are cooked through and have absorbed all the spices and seasonings. Just before serving, add the sesame oil and give the mixture a couple of quick stirs. Turn it onto a warm serving dish and serve at once.


Ken Hom


4 servings




Asian : East Asian : Cantonese




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