Shiitake Bao

  • Shiitake

Prep Time: 15

Cooking Time: 10

You can make this bao more substantial by adding a slice of your favourite protein if liked, such as pork belly or fried tofu.

Ingredients.

  • 4 spring onions

  • 2 carrots, peeled

  • 2 x 6 cm pieces telegraph cucumber, deseeded

  • 6 radishes

  • Half a teaspoon salt

  • 2 teaspoons sugar

  • 4 tablespoons rice wine vinegar

  • 6 tablespoons light soy sauce

  • 2 tablespoons fermented chilli bean paste such as Toban Djan or Gochujang

  • 2 tablespoons peanut oil

  • 3 garlic cloves, crushed

  • 200g shiitake mushrooms, sliced

  • 250g brown mushrooms, sliced

  • 1 teaspoon toasted sesame oil

  • Half a cup mayonnaise

  • 3-4 tablespoons Sriracha

  • 12 bao buns, steamed

  • quarter of a cup salted peanuts, finely chopped

  • 1 cup fresh Coriander leaves

Method.

  1. Cut the spring onions finely lengthways and place on a bowl. Cut the carrots, cucumber and radishes in to fine matchsticks (this is easiest done on a mandliine) and add to the onions along with the salt, sugar and 3 tablespoons of the vinegar. Mix well to combine and set aside to 15 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  2. In a jug, combine the remaining one tablespoon vinegar with the soy sauce, chilli paste and stir to combine.
  3. Heat the oil in a frying pan over a medium heat and sauté the shiitake, brown mushrooms and garlic for about 5 minutes then stir in the soy mix and bring to bubbling. Cook for a few minutes to thicken the sauce then stir in the sesame oil and remove from the heat.
  4. In a bowl combine the mayonnaise and sriracha to taste.

Serving Suggestions.

To serve, pile some shiitake into the steamed bao and top with the vegetables, a spoon of mayo, coriander and a sprinkle of peanuts.

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