Recipe by Kate S.
Taken from Ji Pin Su Shi (Best Vegetable Dishes), a 30-cent, 5-in-square, paperback cookbook from Wal-Mart in China. Simple, home-style Chinese fare. Chinese cooks are expected to determine the proportions of condiments and seasonings. Everything is "ge shi liang"--to taste. I've suggested amounts, but if they don't seem right, just trust your own tastebuds.
- 10 bunches baby bok choy
- 6 dried shiitake mushrooms
- 1⁄4 teaspoon salt (to taste)
- 2 teaspoons soy sauce (to taste)
- 1 teaspoon sugar (to taste)
- 2 teaspoons cornstarch (as needed)
- 1⁄4 teaspoon msg (optional)
- 4 tablespoons cooking oil (as needed)
Directions See How It's Made
- Soak mushrooms in boiling water.
- Without separating bunches, wash and drain baby bok choy.
- Wash mushrooms and squeeze out excess water. Quarter.
- Heat wok over highest heat. Add 2 T oil and swirl to heat. Add bok choy. Add salt. Stir-fry until heated through. Arrange on plate.
- In the same wok, heat remaining oil, stir-fry mushrooms, adding salt, soy sauce, and sugar.
- Combine corn starch with 2/3 c water and add to mushrooms, along with with MSG.
- Pour mushroom mixture over bok choy on serving platter. Serve as part of a Chinese meal. (For a Chinese meal, serve rice, a soup, and one dish per person. Choose a balanced variety of dishes.).