Chicken and black mushrooms braised in soy-ginger sauce


It starts with the marinade -- a mixture of soy sauce, ginger, sugar, rice wine and white pepper. Into the dark sauce the chicken pieces go where they stay for a couple of hours. Then, the chicken pieces are tossed in corn starch and deep fried just until browned. Not cooked through, at this point, but just shocked in very … [Read more...]

Bibimbap-style rice, vegetables and mushrooms


Bibimbap literally translates to "mixed rice." It is an iconic Korean dish that consists of rice topped with sautéed vegetables and chili paste. If it is served in a hot stone bowl topped with raw egg, then, it is called dolsot bibimbap. To eat bibimbap properly, all the ingredients in the bowl are mixed together to blend … [Read more...]

Masala rice with oyster mushrooms and vegetables


A couple of months ago, a neighbor gave me boxes of masala mixes. I used one, got shocked with the heat, so the second box stayed in the fridge for a while probably waiting for me to muster enough courage to take on the heat challenge again.I felt brave enough yesterday so I opened the box, dumped the contents into a … [Read more...]

Vegan mushroom and vegetables miso soup


A highly tweakable soup. The oyster mushrooms can be substituted with just about any kind of mushroom. The eggplant and Chinese broccoli can be replaced by other vegetables that you prefer. What I wouldn't recommend modifying is the first step in cooking the soup -- slowly cooking the aromatics until soft and almost … [Read more...]

Mushroomburger’s meatless mushroom sandwich


When we drove out of town last weekend, we really weren't sure where we were going except for the general direction -- south of Metro Manila. Sam had to shoot for a project, she wanted a change of scenery so we picked her up from the condo and drove south. I initially suggested Sta. Rosa, Laguna but Speedy said the coastal … [Read more...]

How to cook yaki-chow, a cross between yakisoba and chow mein


What the heck? Yeah, what the heck. I was going to make yakisoba but I was out of soba noodles, sake and mirin. But I had thin oriental wheat noodles, dashi, oyster sauce, hoisin sauce and Chinese rice wine. So, right, what the heck, cook with whatever's available. And this noodle dish that is literally a cross between … [Read more...]

Vegetarian mushroom balls

Fish balls, squid balls, crab balls, lobster balls... just about every seafood has been made into balls and they proliferate in the market. They are available in every price range and varying levels of quality. In Asia, they are very popular. As street food, they are deep fried and skewered. In food stalls and eateries, … [Read more...]

How to cook: Steamed pork and black mushrooms


If you're a foodie who has seen Ang Lee's Eat Drink Man Woman, then, you probably felt the urge to lick your TV screen several times while watching the film especially during the first 15 minutes. Those first 15 minutes show a father preparing Sunday dinner for his family that consists of his three grown daughters and … [Read more...]

How to cook: Braised pork with tofu and mushrooms


There are many ways to cook meat -- fried, grilled, steamed, baked, roasted, boiled, broiled... But if you want really tasty meat without going through the trouble of marinating it for hours and hours, there's that cooking technique called braising. You cook the meat slowly in very little liquid, preferably well seasoned, … [Read more...]