In the true spirit of saving the best for the last, the lucky eighth dish of our Top 8 Chinese New Year Dishes series is a real treat. Presenting home cook Shirley’s (A.K.A Luxury Haven) luxurious and delicious recipe for Fortune Braised Mushrooms with Abalones!
As Chinese New Year is one of the biggest festivals across Asia, this is when most households bring out and splurge on luxurious ingredients. And one of the special foods of CNY we always look forward to are abalones!
Not only are abalones a delicacy, they also represent wealth and abundance as in Mandarin 鲍鱼 (bao yu) also sounds like “to carry surplus”. Hence, abalones are an auspicious ingredient to have and a must-have on the traditional CNY menu.
So, if you are wondering what to prepare for reunion dinner this 2020, here’s an easy CNY recipe for you.
There are many different types of abalone products available in the market, but Fortune is a prominent trustable brand.
Firm and succulent, the Fortune Baby Abalones (http://www.fortunerecipe.com.sg/product/fortune-baby-abalone.html) are just exquisite and true to the brand’s reputation for fresh and high-quality seafood!
With each can containing 8-10 pieces, these are perfect for CNY where we can share or gift them to our friends and family. Afterall, nothing strengthens relationships better than sharing a delicious meal together!
Here are the ingredients that you will need: Fortune Baby Abalones, dried Chinese mushrooms, blanched bok choy, fatt choy or black moss, goji berries, ginger, spring onion, oyster sauce, light soya sauce, dark soya sauce, sesame oil, cornflour, water, rice wine, and hua diao chiew.
The first step for this dish is to prepare and marinate the mushrooms.
In a bowl, add all the mushroom marinade ingredients and the mushrooms and mix well. Set aside to let the mushrooms marinate for 15 minutes.
After 15 minutes, stir fry the mushrooms and abalones.
In a pot, heat up some oil and add the mushrooms. Stir fry for three minutes.
Pour in the abalone stock then cover with a lid to let the mushrooms simmer for five minutes.
Once done, add in the abalones, oyster sauce, and sesame oil. Give it a good mix and let the sauce come to a boil then remove the abalones.
Add the goji berries to the pot and stir fry for one minute. Remove the mushrooms and goji berries from the pot.
Next, steam the black moss.
Place the pre-soaked black moss onto a steaming plate and place it in a steamer.
Lay the ginger and spring onions on the black moss and pour the rice wine over it. Steam the black moss for 20 minutes. Once done, discard the ginger and spring onions. Set the black moss aside.
The next step is to make the sauce.
In a frying pan, add all the sauce ingredients, except cornflour water. Stir to mix well with a spatula.
Pour in the cornflour water while constantly stirring the sauce. When the sauce has thickened, remove the sauce from the heat.
Lastly, plate the dish.
Arrange the bok choy on a round serving plate with the stems fanning outwards. Place the black moss in the centre of the dish then arrange the mushrooms, abalones, and goji berries on top of the black moss. Drizzle the sauce over the ingredients and serve.
Get the recipe here!