Have you ever watched a food documentary on how meats are processed and then regret being a carnivore? I saw a clip of live chicks being thrown into a grinder. Beaks, legs, feathers and all just shoved down into spinning sharp blades of death. I quickly turned off the TV but it will take some time to recover after seeing that.
This is when I turn to mushrooms to get that meaty flavor without actually eating meat. Not only do I feel good about my food choices, but shitakes are delicious. Here's a recipe of a simple side dish to white rice. Enjoy!
Stir-Fried Water Spinach and Shitake Mushrooms Recipe
- 1 tablespoon soy sauce
- 1 tablespoon oyster sauce
- 1 teaspoon granulated sugar
- 1 teaspoon tapioca starch
- 1/4 teaspoon sesame oil
- 3 tablespoons vegetable oil
- 3 cloves garlic, minced
- 1/2 lb shitake mushrooms, sliced thinly
- 1/4 lb water spinach, cut into small segments
- 1/2 teaspoon pepper
- 1 tablespoon sesame seeds
- 2 stalks green onion, sliced thinly (optional)
- In a small bowl, mix together the soy sauce, oyster sauce, sugar, starch and sesame oil until the starch is completely dissolved.
- In a small wok or pan, heat vegetable oil on medium high.
- Add the garlic and stir until fragrant (about 1 minute)
- Add the mushrooms and toss until wilted.
- Add the water spinach along with the sauce mixture.
- Toss until the water spinach is completely wilted down.
- Top with pepper, sesame seeds, and green onions.
- Serve with white rice.