Prepare this special Braised Mushrooms and Abalone for the Chinese New Year or a special occasion. It is a treat you don't want to miss! | MalaysianChineseKitchen.com

Braised Mushrooms and Abalone

Prepare this special Braised Mushrooms and Abalone for the Chinese New Year or a special occasion. It is a treat you don't want to miss!
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Prep Time: 10 hours
Cook Time: 50 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: Chinese
Servings: 4
Calories: 227kcal
Author: Linda Ooi

INGREDIENTS

  • 12 Chinese mushrooms / shitake mushrooms
  • 1 tbsp vegetable oil
  • 1 small piece pork belly (1 oz/28g)
  • 2 cloves garlic (minced)
  • 2 tbsp soy sauce
  • 2 tbsp Shao Hsing cooking wine
  • 1 can abalone (drained) (15 oz/425g)
  • 1 carrot (cut into coins)
  • 12 broccoli florets
  • 1 tsp corn starch mixed with 2 tbsp water

INSTRUCTIONS

  • Wash and soak mushrooms for 4 hours or overnight until soft and puffy. Remove and trim off stalks. Strain and reserve ¾ cup (180ml) soaking liquid.
  • In a clay pot or heavy bottom pot, heat vegetable oil. Add pork belly. Fry for 2 minutes. Add garlic and continue to stir fry for 30 seconds. Then add mushrooms. Stir to coat mushrooms with oil.
  • Add soy sauce and Shao Hsing rice wine. Pour in mushroom soaking liquid. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer on low for 45 minutes.
  • Bring a medium sized pot of water to boil. Add a little salt. Blanch carrots for 30 seconds to 1 minute. Remove with metal strainer and dunk into cold water to stop the cooking. Drain. Do the same for the broccoli florets.
  • When mushrooms are cooked, do a taste test. If it is not salty enough, add just a little salt. Add abalone. Cook for no more than 2 minutes or it will be tough and rubbery.
  • Ladle mushrooms and abalone out of the pot, leaving the sauce in the pot. Pour in corn starch mixture to thicken the sauce. If it appears to be a little too thick, add a little water. Sauce should be of a pourable consistency. Turn off stove.
  • Arrange blanched vegetables decoratively on a platter to form an outer circle. Arrange mushrooms to form an inner circle. Then place abalone in the center. Abalone may be served whole or sliced lengthwise.
  • Drizzle sauce over abalone, mushrooms, and vegetables. Serve immediately.

NOTES

Abalone should be cook no more than 2 minutes or it will be tough and rubbery.

NUTRITION

Calories: 227kcal
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