Spicy Mushroom Sauce & Noodles
When mixed together, every strand of noodle is coated with umami savory spicy mushroom sauce. The mushroom gives this dish a nice bite and the Chinese green mustard stems provide a nice crunch.
The key to this dish is 'Lao Gan Ma' or Old Godmother chili sauce. Since there are more than one version, do source for the one with black beans. The black beans adds a level of umami flavor this saucy dish.
Also, do add a little bit of sesame oil towards the end for a hint of toasty and nutty flavor. Enjoy!
SPICY MUSHROOM SAUCE AND NOODLES
Makes: ~2 – 3 servings
Spicy Mushroom Sauce
½ tbsp. grapeseed oil
180 gm king oyster mushroom stems (diced)
**1½ tbsp. ‘lao gan ma’ chili oil with black beans (see Notes)
3 garlic cloves (finely minced)
**¼ tsp. organic minced ginger (see Notes)
65 gm red chili pepper (deseeded, finely diced; optional – see Notes)
60 gm Chinese green mustard (stems – diced and set aside, leaves – blanched and set aside; see Notes)
½ cup low sodium vegetable broth / water
1 tbsp. cooking wine
½ tbsp. tamari
½ tsp. raw cane sugar
½ tsp. salt or to taste
black pepper to taste
3 tsp. water
1¼ tsp. corn starch
**¼ tsp. sesame oil (see Notes)
270 gm dried udon noodles (cooked according to the instructions on the package)
roasted sesame seeds
In a large skillet / pan on medium heat, add the oil. Once the oil heats up, add the mushroom stems. Pan fry until cooked through. Dish up and set aside.
In the same skillet / pan, add the ‘lao gan ma’ chili oil, garlic, ginger and diced chili. Sauté until fragrant.
Next, add the pan fried mushroom stems and diced Chinese green mustard stems. Stir evenly to combine and sauté for a min.
Add the vegetable broth / water and seasoning. Bring to a light boil and turn down the heat to medium low.
Season with salt and pepper to taste.
Quickly prepare the thickener by whisking the water and corn starch together until well combined.
Add the thickener to the mushroom sauce. Stir until well combined. Simmer until the sauce has thickened.
Lastly, add the sesame oil. Stir to combine and turn off the heat.
Assembling the Noodle Bowl
Divide the cooked udon noodles into 3 separate serving bowls.
In each bowl, ladle hot spicy mushroom sauce over the noodles.
Add blanched green mustard leaves on the side. Garnish with sesame seeds.
‘Lao Gan Ma’ chili oil with black beans can be found at Asian grocers. If unavailable, you can find it online. This is what the product looks like - https://www.asianfoodgrocer.com/asian-food/sauces-seasoning/chinese-sauces/laoganma-chili-oil-with-black-bean-9-88-oz
I used minced ginger from the Ginger People and sesame oil from La Tourangelle Artisan oils.
If you like this dish to be less spicy, omit the red chili pepper and replace it with red bell pepper.
Add a little bit of oil and salt to boiling water before blanching Chinese green mustard leaves. It only takes a minute or two to blanch the greens.
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