I only buy the large bok choy as needed. For soups, I slice the green part of the napa cabbage or bok choy, not the stringy white stems. Baby bok choy (easy to grow in a veggie garden) is not as stringy and, once steamed, can be eaten whole. I love them braised then sautéed in butter until golden.
Quick Tips For All Your Mushroom Dishes!
Whole bulk mushrooms are less expensive than the sliced and packaged variety. Especially when you get into fancy mushrooms.
Buy mushrooms in bulk then slice them quickly with this little mushroom slicer! Get nice even slices.
Straw mushrooms are available in dried form but for this recipe and others, just buy the canned variety. Drain well.
Dry the meat with a paper towel then carefully add to the pan.
Allow to brown several minutes per side. You want a nice crust on the meat.
Season the meat with freshly cracked pepper and some sea salt. After turning meat to brown on second side, add the slivers of onion. Allow onions to take on color but not burn.
Lower heat to simmer.
Slowly, add mushroom broth, then stir in roasted garlic to taste (I used about 2 teaspoons) Adjust seasoning if need.
Cover the pan and simmer for about 90 minutes.
In the meantime, drain the mushrooms and slice the bok choy. Set aside.
After 90 minutes, remove the meat from the pan. Remove any bone and fat then shred as if making pulled pork.
To the broth, add the sliced bok choy, the mushrooms and the shredded meat.
Continue to simmer until the boy choy is cooked through - about 20 minutes.
Adjust seasonings one last time.
Optional: You can add a handful of rice noodles to the bottom of individual bowls. Not everyone may want added rice noodles. Pour hot broth over the noodles. They soften up within 2 to 3 minutes. Top off with more hot soup.
The Organic mushroom broth had 460 mg of sodium per carton. If you want to lower the sodium level, use low-sodium chicken broth. I've used broth with as little as 95 mg. of sodium per 32 oz. carton. Use extra pepper to season or a dash of hot sesame or spicy Szechuan oil.
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