Braised Mushrooms like Grandma’s

Braised Mushrooms like Grandma’s

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Grandma’s braised mushrooms are the best! They are springy, extremely flavourful and braised in a tasty gravy of oyster sauce and oysters. Here's an easy recipe using two important ingredients to make them taste better than those in restaurants.

Preparation 20 mins
Cooking 45 mins

Main

蠔油燜冬菇

Chinese, Malaysian, Singaporean


Nutrition per Serving

61 kcal
7 g
2 g
4 g

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This braised mushrooms dish tastes as good as it looks. The thick umami-filled gravy is made by braising hydrated mushrooms and dried oysters. The soft, luscious and springy texture of the mushrooms absorbs all the flavour in the gravy. Every bite of the mushrooms is simply delightful especially when paired with white rice.

If you have been to a traditional Chinese Cantonese restaurant, this dish is most likely to be on the menu. It is also popular whenever Chinese New Year comes around as mushrooms symbolize family reunion due to their round shape.

Type of mushrooms

While it is always better to use fresh mushrooms in most dishes, you will want to opt for dried Shiitake mushrooms here. These dried mushrooms have a more intense flavour compared to the fresh ones. If you like, you can use both fresh and dried mushrooms for this dish.

To get the most out of this dish, choose good quality dried mushrooms. There should not be any mold or spots on them. XL-sized dried mushrooms taste the best in this dish.

Soaked mushrooms
Soaked mushrooms

One ingredient you need for the umami flavours

Most recipes will always use only oyster sauce. My grandmother adds dried oysters into the dish. This is the game changer. When braised together with the mushrooms, these sun dried oysters give a delicious aroma and sweetness to the gravy.

Soaked dried oyster
Soaked dried oyster

They are usually sold at Chinese grocers that specialize in dried seafood. The best place to find dried oysters if you are in the US, Europe or Australia would be Chinatown or search for them online. If you aren't able to find it, omit this ingredient.

Never forget the ginger

Ginger is extremely important. Not only does it enhance the flavour of the dish with its piquant taste, it also helps to make the mushrooms springy. However, do not leave it braising for too long or it will leave some bitterness.

Bok choy and more

I paired the braised mushrooms with some blanched bok choy. It only takes 30 seconds to cook!

Halve and rinse bok choy before blanching
Halve and rinse bok choy before blanching

Add any other type of green vegetables such as broccoli, like this broccoli with mushroom and scallop dish. Sometimes, 'fatt choi' or black moss is added to the dish. For extra protein, you may add some chicken breast slices too.


Ingredients

Servings:  
3
oyster (dried)
3
shiitake mushroom(s)
3 1⁄2 cups
water
1⁄2 cm
ginger
1 tbsp
oyster sauce
3⁄4 tbsp
cornstarch
3⁄4 tbsp
water
1⁄2 tbsp
salt
1⁄2 tsp
sugar
1⁄2 tsp
oil
500 g
water
5
pak choi

Steps to Prepare

Braised Mushrooms like Grandma’s Step 1

Step 1 of 5

    • 3 oyster (dried)
    • 3 shiitake mushroom(s)
    • 2 cup water

Soak mushrooms and oysters separately for at least 2 hours. Ensure that the Shiitake mushrooms are fully soaked in water by placing some weight on them. Note: Do not discard the water used to soak the mushrooms and oysters.

Braised Mushrooms like Grandma’s Step 2

Step 2 of 5

    • 1⁄2 cm ginger
    • 1 1⁄2 cup water

Cut off the stems of the hydrated mushrooms. In a pot, bring water to a rolling boil. Then add the mushrooms and ginger slices. Allow it to cook for 2 minutes before removing the ginger slices.

Braised Mushrooms like Grandma’s Step 3

Step 3 of 5

Add water used to soak oysters and mushrooms. Then, add the oysters and oyster sauce. Ensure that the ingredients are covered in water. Add more water if needed. Simmer for 30 minutes or until mushrooms are fully softened.

Braised Mushrooms like Grandma’s Step 4

Step 4 of 5

    • 3⁄4 tbsp cornstarch
    • 3⁄4 tbsp water
    • 1⁄2 tbsp salt
    • 1⁄2 tsp sugar

Add salt and sugar to taste. Then, combine cornstarch and water to create a cornstarch slurry. Once the gravy is reduced, stir in the cornstarch slurry to thicken the gravy.

Braised Mushrooms like Grandma’s Step 5

Step 5 of 5

    • 1⁄2 tsp oil
    • 500 g water
    • 5 pak choi

Blanch bok choy in boiling water with a bit of oil for 30 seconds. Assemble them together with the mushrooms.

Published: March 6, 2021


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