Monday, September 1, 2008

Straw Mushrooms and Snow Peas

Snow peas, also known as pea pods or Chinese peas, are flat green pods that are collected before the peas have fully matured. There is no need to shell these immature peas. Only trim off the ends and the stringy substance along the tops. Snow peas add bright green color, a crunchy texture, and a delicate flavor to any Chinese dish.

Makes 4 to 6 servings.

1 pound fresh snow peas
¼ cup peanut or vegetable oil
½ teaspoon salt, or to taste
1 pound straw mushrooms, rinsed and drained
½ cup water
¼ cup oyster sauce (available at Asian markets)
1 tablespoon soy sauce
1/8 teaspoon ground white pepper, or to taste
1 teaspoon raw or white sugar

Remove the ends and strings from the snow peas. Add the snow peas, oil, and salt to a wok. Stir-fry the mixture for 3 to 5 minutes, or until the peas are tender-crisp. Add the remaining ingredients. Stir-fry for 1 to 2 minutes, or until mushrooms and peas are tender. Serve immediately.

Picture courtesy of Wikimedia Commons. This post is a member of the Hungry Ghost Week menu series.

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