Bok Choy with Shiitake Mushrooms

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15.11.12

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Bok Choy with Shiitake Mushrooms

 

All the food blogging and food photography can be a little tiring sometimes. Most of the days it’s fun to get my tripod out, place the food I cook in a pretty bowl, get it out of the kitchen and take it across where there is some good natural light and take photos of it from every angle possible. But somedays you just want to take a break from it all!

 

Shiitake Mushrooms

 

Today I was planing on a simple leisurely sunday lunch and as I started cooking I had a desperate urge to blog it. The mushrooms and the bok choy looked too pretty not to be photographed. I wasn’t really in a mood to do go through the entire drill of setting things up for a shoot though. That’s when I realized that it’s been a while since I just simply shot food in my kitchen, the way it really is. In not so perfect setting, wIth less natural light as my kitchen is quite dark.

 

Bok Choy

 

Bok Choy

 

Bok Choy

 

Bok Choy

 

Bok Choy

 

It’s important to keep things real sometimes. This is my effort to keep blogging easy without too much planning and work!

 

Shiitake mushroom

 

So here is a post with a quick recipe and some simple photos from my kitchen. This is what we cooked and ate today. Stir-fried fresh Bok Choy with Shiitake mushrooms, served it with rice!

 

Bok Choy with Shiitake Mushrooms

 

Notes:

For people in bangalore, you can get bok choy is most Namdhari outlets. It’s also available on Towness.com.

Dry Shiitake mushrooms are avail be in the Gourmet Store on MG road,  Spar on Bannerghatta road, ‘More’ store in Forum Mall at Koramangala.

Please make sure you use good quality soy sauce as it’s the main flavor here.

 

Bok Choy with Shiitake Mushrooms

Ingredinets:

  • 4-5 bunches of Bok Choy
  • 5-6 dried Shiitake Mushrooms
  • 2 tbsp of peanut oil
  • 5-6 cloves of garlic
  • 2 tbsp (or more) of light soy sauce
  • 1 tsp of rice wine vinegar

 

Rinse the dry Shittake mushrooms and soak them in hot water.

Clean the bok chy thoroughly. Cut the base off and rinse every leaf separately. Cut the stem into 1 inch pieces and leaves into much bigger 2-3 inch pieces and keep them separately. You can soak them in salt water for 5-10 minutes to make sure it’s fully clean.

By now the Shiitake mushrooms should be plump and juicy. Take them of water and cut them into quarters. Reserve the water it’s soaked in.

Heat the oil in a big wok or pan and add the finely chopped garlic to it. When it’s slightly golden, add the bok choy stem and toss for a cupel of second. Now add the leaves and toss till it wilts. Add in the mushrooms and the water it was soaked in and continue to cook in high heat. Season with vinegar and soy sauce and taste to make sure it’s salty enough. Cook for a couple of more minutes for the mushrooms to absorb all the flavors and turn off the heat.

Serve immediately with piping hot rice.

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