Braised Shiitake Mushrooms
10 dried shiitakes mushrooms, rehydrated
2 cloves of garlic, minced
1 tsp fresh ginger, minced
2 tbl oyster sauce (I have also used the vegetarian version with great results)
2 tsp cornstarch
3/4 cup water
Cut the stems off the rehydrated mushrooms, and slice each one in half (they cook quicker this way). Place the mushrooms along with their soaking liquid and the next three ingredients into a medium sauce pan. Let the mixture simmer for about 20 minutes or until the mushrooms are soft. While all this is happening, I usually work on my vegetables or start doing some dishes. I'm learning to clean as I go, since usually when I'm done cooking it looks like a tornado has hit the kitchen. Once your mushrooms are ready, mix the cornstarch with the water and add it to the mushrooms. It should start thickening up right away. Garnish with chopped scallions and a few drops of sesame oil/seeds. Serves 2 generously.