Broccoli with Ginger and Mushrooms

I have never considered myself very good at making stir-fries.  My thoughts on this are starting to change, after an afternoon of talking about cooking with my co-worker, Nuch, from Thailand.  I asked Nuch her favorite Thai dish and how to prepare it.  She was pretty laid back about it and said that she likes all stir-fries!  I tried to get her to go into details about her secrets to preparing yummy Thai dishes and had no luck at all.  But she did tell me that she really didn’t worry about recipes, and that she just sautéed up her onions, spices, and veggies and added whatever sauce she felt like eating.  She mentioned red curry paste, coconut milk, green curry, soy sauce, fish sauce, hoisin sauce, and red chili sauce.  She puts them together any way she wants!  Of course, this could mean that she doesn’t know how to cook Thai food at all!  Even so, this encouraged me to get “out of the box” a little, so I made this broccoli dish this week.  It turned out pretty good, so I thought I would share it.

Ingredients:

  1. A bunch of broccoli florets
  2. One chopped onion
  3. A bunch of chopped mushrooms (I used oyster mushrooms)
  4. One chunk of minced ginger
  5. Sesame oil (refined is good for high heat cooking; use “toasted sesame oil” for a splash of flavor at end)
  6. Hoisin sauce
  7. Soy sauce

Instructions (This is so easy)

  1. Sauté the chopped onion in the sesame oil, until just getting soft and very fragrant
  2. Add the broccoli and ginger, and sauté until the broccoli is getting soft
  3. Add the mushrooms and sauté until the mushrooms are almost done
  4. Add a small spoon full of Hoisin sauce and a splash of soy sauce  

Serve it up!  You can serve this by itself as a side dish.  You could add some meat with the onion and make it a main dish.  You could spice it up with a bit of chili sauce.  You could top it with chopped nuts or sesame seeds (black sesame seeds look gourmet!).  You could serve it on top of rice or cauliflower “rice”.  You could add any veggies you like to the dish.  

Nuch told me to quit worrying about it and to just throw it all together.  I think she was right.  I was worrying too much about this stir-fry thing.  Jay loved it and ate two big servings!  Nuch must have taught me well.  I’m still not really sure if she knows how to cook Thai food though!

Eat your veggies,

Robin

Broccoli with Ginger and Mushrooms
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Ingredients
  1. A bunch of broccoli florets
  2. One chopped onion
  3. A bunch of chopped mushrooms (I used oyster mushrooms)
  4. One chunk of minced ginger
  5. Sesame oil (refined is good for high heat cooking; use “toasted sesame oil” for a splash of flavor at end)
  6. Hoisin sauce
  7. Soy sauce
Instructions
  1. Sauté the chopped onion in the sesame oil, until just getting soft and very fragrant
  2. Add the broccoli and ginger, and sauté until the broccoli is getting soft
  3. Add the mushrooms and sauté until the mushrooms are almost done
  4. Add a small spoon full of Hoisin sauce and a splash of soy sauce
  5. Serve it up!
Notes
  1. You can serve this by itself as a side dish. You could add some meat with the onion and make it a main dish. You could spice it up with a bit of chili sauce. You could top it with chopped nuts or sesame seeds (black sesame seeds look gourmet!). You could serve it on top of rice or cauliflower “rice”. You could add any veggies you like to the dish.
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