- Chicken Thigh, chopped to bite size size.
- Soaked dried shiitake mushrooms (de-stemmed), Anise, Cinnamon stick, Cardamom seed, lots of sliced Ginger. For some colouring, sliced Red chillies, Red carrots and Scallion.
- Shaoxing wine, Salt, Sugar, white Pepper, Sesame oil, Oyster sauce, Dark Soy. All to taste. ** Note : Just dash of everything, if U prefer a stronger intensity of an ingredient flavor, simply add a little extra of that ingredient/spice (no rocket scientific measurement here). Always taste your Seasoning !!!
Start by boiling the Mushroom in high heat with a couple of slices of Ginger, till solf – abt 20 mins. This step is optional, U can simply add the soaked Mushroom and braised together with the chicken but this extra step will get the mushroom smooth and tender soft. U can also do this in advance. This is The VianD handle the Mushrooms. First, soak the Dried Shiitake Mushrooms for abt 30 mins. Then, gently squeeze and clean the mushrooms and discard the water. Re-soak overnite. Keep the water this time and use it for the braising process. Cut off the Stem but don’t discard them, braise it together with the chicken, it’s pack with Mushroom’s flavor.
While the Mushrooms is boiling saute the sliced Ginger, finely chopped Garlic, Anise, Cinnamon stick and Cardamom seed till aromatic. Add in the Chicken. Mix well and saute for a few minutes till the meat turn kindda whitish (not cook). Add in the Mushroom together with the sauce. Top up with water just about covering the meat. Bring to boil and then turn the heat down to medium and simmer – for abt 15 mins or till sauce thicken. U can add a little corn-starch mixture to thicken the sauce. Add the Seasoning Ingredients and ur delicious “Braised Chicken with Mushrooms” is ready to be serve hot.