Thursday, October 14, 2010

Braised Mushroom Meat Sauce

Weather is getting cold now and the days seem to be shorter, dark and dreary. Today is another cold and rainy day here in PA and it makes me crave for some comfort food. What can be more comforting than a bowl of meaty noodles? When I first saw this interesting recipe at Kokken 69 back in August I was intrigued by it and bookmarked it right away. Since I have all the ingredients in my fridge I cook this for our lunch. Just like Shirley said this sauce is meaty, flavorful and versatile. You may used the sauce on your steamed rice, noodles, blanched vegetables, porridge, etc. This is my quick version of the meat sauce but for the original recipe and version please refer here .


300 gram ground pork (you can replace it with ground chicken, beef or turkey)
3 pcs dried shitake mushroom – soak until soft and cut into small cubes
3 shallots – sliced thinly
100 -150 ml chicken stock (depend on how saucy you like)

Marinate for meat

1 tbsp soy sauce
¼ tsp pepper
½ tsp sugar
½ tsp sesame oil
1 tsp cornstarch


1 tbsp oyster sauce
2 tsp dark soy sauce
2 tbsp light soy sauce
1 ½ tsp sugar
¼ tsp pepper
¼ tsp 5 spice powder
1 tbsp Chinese cooking wine

1. Season the ground meat and set it aside. Heat up the wok with a bit of oil and fry the sliced shallots until lightly brown and crispy. Remove and drain the oil.
2. In the same wok and oil, stir fry the mushroom until fragrant. Add in the marinated ground meat; stir fry until the meat changes color. Add in all the seasonings. Adjust the seasonings according to your liking.
3. Add chicken stock and let it simmer on low heat for 15 min. Add crispy fried shallots. Continue to cook another 10 minutes or until the gravy thickens. Check seasonings.  Remove and serve with rice or noodles.


WendyinKK said...

I use this sauce for pan mee :)

pigpigscorner said...

I have this bookmarked too! I have to try this out soon!

vanillasugarblog said...

i love these types of sauces but am so afriad to order them when we go out because they are never done right or taste funny. so i have to just make my own now that i have a recipe.

ann low said...

Looks so delicious. Please pass me that plate with full of meat :)

Shirley @ Kokken69 said...

Gert, What a coincidence! I just finished cooking 2kg of minced meat sauce for a charity cook event on Saturday! Your meat sauce looks good with the noodles....hope you enjoy it :) ..and thanks for the shout out!

Cooking Gallery said...

I love such sauce for eating with noodles....Hmmm...!! Very yummy! I'm getting hungry again here ;)!

Rice Palette said...

That looks really delicious! Looks amazing to have with rice!

Anonymous said...

I love this sauce! It's so versatile. Can't be eaten with noodle or rice. Love it. I saw it on Shirley's blog too but haven't got around to make them.

Unknown said...

Anything with shallot and I am in love

Zoe said...

looks very yummy...great with noodles.

Elin said...

Gertrude, I have bookmarked this too looking at yours it is time to make some too :)

Bakericious said...

I have bookmarked this too but yet to cook it, yours look equally tempting.

Aunty Liew said...

Ya, I normally will cook this just like the way you did and i will eat it with pan mee too. Very delicious!

MaryMoh said...

Mmm....beautiful meat sauce! That's very generous amount on the it :)

ReeseKitchen said...

Its a simple and delicious sauce I used to cook with any noodles..:) But I never try with five spice powder in the seasoning leh...will the sauce has too strong of the five spice powder? Maybe I can give it a try.

Lili P said...

Tried your recipe and it was absolutely yummy! I had it with tanghoon. Will definitely try it again.

Little Corner of Mine said...

Delicious meat sauce, will go well with any noodle.

ICook4Fun said...

Wemdy, good idea to put it in pan mee.

Pigpigscorner, i am sure you are going to like it.

Vanillasugar, I hope you will try out this sauce.

Anncoo, you can always come over and join me for lunch.

Shirley, thanks for sharing this recipe with us.

Cooking Gallery, this is a good meat sauce for everything :)

Rice Palette, yes it is.

Ellie, do try it out as they were good.

Jennifurla, I like lots of shallots too :)

ICook4Fun said...

Zoe, yes it is.

Elin, you can freeze some and warm it up when you don't have time to cook.

Jess, I am sure you are going to like this sauce.

Wai Kit, I have to try it out with pan mee.

MaryMoh, love lots of 'liu' on my noodles :)

Reese, I used only 1/4 tsp so not very strong smell of 5 spice powder but you can always omit that.

Lili P, glad that you like it.

LCOM, yes.

My Asian Kitchen said...

look good eh!!for me add xxxx hot sauce pls!! the meat sauce look like Zha jiang mian (char cheong mein in Cantonese) !!

Jeannie said...

Very nice! I love this type of minced meat too!

Cheah said...

This meat sauce will be lovely with 'Har Chee Meen' or the 'Tou Chim, made from beans.

My Little Space said...

Gert, this is a very very flavourful meat sauce and is perfect for Hakka noodle and pan min, or you can also use this for tofu topping! Gee, I'm salivating now. haha....
Have a great weekend.