Mushrooms, particularly oyster mushrooms, play a significant role in Vietnamese cuisine. They are used in everything, from making stocks to salads to stir-fries and main courses. They add a lovely earthy flavour to the dishes that are adored.
This is a very traditional wok stir-fry, done on high heat for a short time. The beans are deliciously blistered and the earthy mushrooms are coated with the sauces. The flavours go well together; this dish will finish on the table with guests asking for more.
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1 tablespoon oil
2-3 garlic cloves, thinly sliced
7 oz. green beans cut into 2-inch pieces
4 oz mushrooms, oyster preferred, or button/crimini, quartered
Salt, to taste
1/2 teaspoon white pepper
2 teaspoons light soy sauce
1 tablespoon oyster sauce (substitute tamari sauce for vegan version)
2 teaspoons sugar
1 teaspoon sesame oil
Cilantro, minced, to garnish
Heat the oil in a wok and add the garlic. Fry on high for 10 seconds till they turn a light golden. Add the beans and fry till the beans are wrinkled and browned in a few spots.
Add the mushrooms, salt, and pepper and cook till the mushrooms are just cooked through about 4 minutes. The mushrooms will give out liquids that will dry out and they will turn a light golden.
Add the soy sauce, oyster sauce if using and sugar, toss well and cook for 1 minute till the sauce dries out and clings to the vegetables.
Drizzle with sesame oil and toss well.
Remove from the stove and turn into a bowl. Garnish with cilantro and serve immediately.