Have you ever tried king oyster mushrooms? They’re a funny looking bunch with a long, thick white stem and a small brown cap.
Mushrooms are one of those vegetables (technically a fungi), that people either love, or love to hate. I’m in the mushroom loving camp, and I hope you’ll give this humble little fun guy (or fungi, haha, get it?) a try!
King oyster mushrooms taste fairly bland, which is why it’s paired with the flavourful oyster sauce. They have a meaty yet tender texture and holds up well to high heat stir-frying. Unlike white button mushrooms or portobellos, which lose a lot of water and practically disappear after being stir-fried, king oyster mushrooms don’t shrink much during the cooking process. Nice, eh?
This dish took me about 15 minutes to make, and only requires 6 ingredients. Talk about fast and easy! I don’t know about you, but waiting around for dinner when I’m hungry, just isn’t my thing. If you’re looking for a quick side for tonight’s dinner or lunch, this could be it!
Eat This Mindfully
Prepare: Take a few deep breaths and scan your body. Do you notice yourself holding tension in your jaws, shoulders, stomach, or anywhere else? If so, relax those areas as much as you can. How hungry are you now? How full are you now?
Look: What do you notice about the colours or shapes of this dish? Does it look smooth or rough? Crunchy, or soft?
Smell: Breath in the aromas of the dish. What stands out to you? Can you smell the oyster sauce? Or green onions? What thoughts come to your mind as you smell this dish?
Taste: What do you find pleasurable about the taste? What do you notice about the flavours of the mushrooms? What’s the texture like?
Check in: What changes do you notice in your hunger and fullness? How do you know when you’re ready to stop eating?
- 1 tbsp vegetable oil
- 2 cloves minced garlic
- 250 g (1 package or 3 large) king oyster mushrooms, cut into 1/4 inch thick slices
- 1 tbsp water, or sherry cooking wine, or Chinese cooking wine
- 2 tsps oyster sauce
- 1/2 green onion, thinly sliced
- In a wok, heat up oil until hot over medium-high heat.
- Add garlic and cook until fragrant, be careful not to burn.
- Add sliced mushrooms and cook, add water/ wine to prevent burning. Cook for 2-3 minutes.
- Add oyster sauce and stir to coat well.
- Garnish with sliced green onion before serving.