Only a few a long time back, we went back again to my hometown in China to see my moms and dads, my father ordered this at the time in a restaurant. I fully fell in appreciate with it.
It is historically well prepared only with Chinese black fungus and cucumber. But, a person day, I had some fried peanuts left, and I was just wanting for a way to complete them off. So, I put the peanuts into the dish, and it labored, and it combines so nicely with ‘old vinegar’. So I begun adding peanuts in. On the other hand, the peanuts are completely optional.
About Black Fungus
There is a lot to say about this ‘Black fungus’. It is a type of Chinese mushroom, the most famous a single is from the mountains referred to as ‘Da Xing An Ling’ crossing the full 3 Northeast provinces.
In British isles, you can discover them in most Chinese supermarkets, and someday also in the ‘foreign food’ sections of frequent supermarkets. Nevertheless, the 1 that you can obtain in the ‘foreign food’ area of common supermarkets normally will come from Japan, it is bought in a minimal glass jar containing only a handful of pieces, and it is rather expensive. I truthfully simply cannot explain to the variation with the types we have in Northeast, so it is in all probability far better to buy them in a Chinese supermarket (and if they are generated in Northeast, even better).
It is marketed dry, and requires to be soaked just before cooking it. The black fungus will double or triple its size following soaking. So, just about every time I go back again home, I always have tons of them again, they can past eternally.
Black fungus in Chinese are termed ‘Mu Er’, which practically usually means ‘the ear lobe of the wood’. It normally can be cooked in soup, stir fried, or in salad. It is particularly nutritious and balanced: it allows with iron ingestion and blood pressure. And in this dish, including up the peanut (with niacin, fiber, vitamin E…) and previous vinegar (encouraging digestion and blood circulation, anti-growing older..and many others), it can’t be healthier.
- Mu’er (black fungus), cucumber, peanuts.
- Oil, salt, aged vinegar (if you don’t have it at property, you can use rice vinegar as an alternative, having said that the style can be a little bit unique), anise star, cinnamon adhere, wasabi (optional), mushroom or vegetable essence (optional).
- Soak the ‘Mu er’ (black fungus) into very hot drinking water for 15- 20 minutes, right until it is tender (each little bit is stretched out), clean out carefully, and tear it into scaled-down components. (It can also be boiled if you think it is complicated to soak to tender).
- Chop the cucumber diagonally into slender slices.
- Fry the peanuts in the incredibly hot oil, allow it awesome down afterward.
- Warmth all-around 4-5 table spoons of oil in the wok, then set a handful of anise stars and a pair of cinnamon sticks in the sizzling oil.
- Eliminate the anise stars and cinnamon sticks from the oil. Enable the oil to awesome down.
- Combine tendered ‘Mu er’ (black fungus), sliced cucumber and fried peanuts collectively in a salad bowl, then increase in ‘flavored oil’ (from move 1), 1 teaspoon of white sugar, 2-3 tablespoons of aged vinegar, fifty percent teaspoon of salt, half teaspoon of mushroom or vegetable essence (optional) and squeeze in a little bit wasabi (if you like).
If you like, you can also put in ‘minced’ garlic and chopped spring onion, and a few drops of chili oil.