This is another easy side dish that we made after being inspired by our Sesame Green Beans. How can you go wrong with all those flavors? This is basically the same as our sesame green beans minus the sesame seeds and plus a little chili oil. It’s a heartier side dish, and more flavorful, we thought, than the green beans. That said, we fully intend to be making both again.
1/2 lb shiitake mushrooms
2 packed tsp brown sugar
1 tbsp + 1 tsp tamari
2 tsp rice vinegar
1 tsp chili oil
1/4 tsp salt
1 large garlic clove
2 tbsp sesame oil
De-stem the shiitakes and then slice the caps in 1/4 inch slices.
Combine the brown sugar, tamari, vinegar, salt, and garlic into a small bowl. Heat the sesame oil in a pan on medium heat. Toss in the shitakes and cook until they soften, about 4 minutes. Add the sauce and make sure they get good and coated. Continue to cook until they brown a little. Serve as a side, serve on top of rice, chop finely and roll into sushi, eat them in an omelette, or toss them in with the Sesame Green Beans. We think you’ll like them.
Side note: They were great like this — but have since decided (after taking the pics) that we would cut them thinner than the pictures above represent.