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Ian’s Table: Monkeying around with mushrooms

An unusual mushroom that makes a convenient addition to the pantry and is an excellent meat-substitute

By Ian Bartholomew  /  Contributing reporter

2. Peel and smash the garlic.

3. Warm a saute pan and add the sesame oil, vegetable oil and thin slices of ginger.

4. Fry the ginger until it begins to crinkle.

5. Raise the heat to medium and add the mushrooms and garlic. Season with salt. Fry the mushrooms and garlic until they begin to color, about 5 minutes.

6. Add the wine and the stock. Bring to a boil and add chili peppers and dates.

7. Allow the liquid to reduce to about a quarter then add the corn and soy. Add white pepper and salt to taste. Cook for another 2 minutes and serve.

Ian Bartholomew runs Ian’s Table, a small guesthouse in Hualien. He has lived in Taiwan for many years writing about the food scene and has decided that until you look at farming, you know nothing about the food you eat. He can be contacted at

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