Asparagus with Shiitake Mushrooms

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The mushrooms, Bragg, and wine give this dish a delicious flavor. Bragg is liquid amino acid made from soy protein, a good alternative to soy sauce.

Serves 3

Ingredients:

1 Tb olive oil

½ small onion

5 large Shiitake mushrooms

1 small clove garlic

1 bunch thick asparagus

2 Tb white wine

A squirt of Bragg seasoning

salt and pepper

Chop onions finely. Heat oil in a heavy frying pan and add onion; saute until it softens.

Rinse mushrooms and wipe with a wet paper towel. Cut off the stems and cut in half, then slice thinly. Mince the garlic, then add mushrooms and garlic to the onions. Saute over medium heat for 5 minutes.

Meanwhile wash the asparagus, then cut off the bottoms and discard. Slice the rest crosswise into 3 pieces, so that each piece is about 2 inches long. Add asparagus to mushroom mixture, along with ¼ cup water, wine, Bragg, and a few shakes of salt and pepper. Saute for another 5 minutes until asparagus is cooked through, but still crunchy. Do not cover pan or the asparagus will get mushy.

Laotian Stir Fry


My colleague, Jenny Inprasueth, brought in this stir fry for one of office potlucks. It was the best stir fry I have ever tasted. She graciously not only gave me the recipe from her native Laos, but insisted on buying me the fried garlic (Toi Phi) she told me she finds indispensable in her cooking. I made this tonight to oohs and aahs and my husband’s comment that “this tastes really authentic!”

Ingredients

Oyster Flavored Sauce

Black Bean Garlic Sauce

Fried garlic Toi Phi

1 Tb canola oil

½ onion

Vegetables such as red, yellow and green bell pepper, mushrooms, choy sum, baby bok choy, zucchini, snow peas, broccoli, or carrots. Jenny says have a variety of colors.

2 branches regular or Thai basil leaves

Optional: Tofu, steak, chicken or shrimp

You can buy the seasonings at grocery stores that carry Southeast Asian ingredients. Some supermarkets will carry the oyster sauce and black bean sauce. Jenny says if you can’t find the fried garlic Toi Phi, you can fry your own garlic.

Chop half an onion and fry in oil in a wok or large heavy skillet until light brown. Add tofu and lightly fry so that it will hold its shape. If desired, cut sirloin steak or chicken breast into small pieces, and brown with the onions. You can also add shrimp. Add sturdier vegetables such as broccoli, carrots and bell peppers. Add about 1/3 cup water, 2 tsp. oyster flavored sauce, 1 tsp black bean garlic sauce, and a pinch of fried garlic Toi Phi. Add a few Thai hot chili peppers or a bit of  hot chili oil for heat.Add quartered mushrooms and sliced zucchini.When meat and vegetables are almost cooked, add delicate vegetables, such as choy sum, baby bok choy,and snow peas, and stir fry just until they begin to soften. Just before serving, add a few leaves basil.

Nice with rice. We enjoyed a lager beer with the meat version, or you can pair it with a cold can of  coconut juice with pulp.