"I like how this dish looks like the season we're in," says Liong. "The earthy tones of the mushrooms, the leafy aesthetics of the Jerusalem artichokes, the meaty texture of the warrigal greens - it's a wonderful vegetable stir-fry."
- 100 gm each shimeji and oyster mushrooms, cut into bite-sized pieces
- 100 gm shiitake mushrooms, stems trimmed and halved
- 50 gm enoki mushrooms, cut into 2cm batons
- 30 gm warrigal greens, leaves only (see note)
- 2¾ tsp (10gm) tapioca starch, dissolved in 1 tbsp cold water
- 1 tsp vegetable oil
- ½ onion, thinly sliced
- 1 spring onion, green part only, chopped
- 1 tbsp thinly sliced ginger
- 2 coriander stems
- 1 large garlic clove, bruised
- 6 gm (2 tbsp) dried porcini mushrooms
- 1¼ tbsp white soy sauce (see note)
- ¾ tsp caster sugar
- ½ tsp chicken stock powder, such as Knorr (see note)
- For frying: vegetable oil
- 150 gm (2 large) Jerusalem artichokes, washed and very thinly sliced on a mandolin
- 1For mushroom stock, heat oil in a frying pan over medium-high heat, add onion, spring onion, ginger, coriander stems and garlic, and sauté until golden (6-8 minutes). Place dried porcini in a large saucepan with 800ml water and bring to the boil. Add onion mixture, bring back to the boil, then simmer over low heat to develop flavours (20 minutes). Strain and stir in remaining ingredients and ½ tsp salt.
- 2For artichoke chips, heat 5cm oil in a deep saucepan to 175C and fry artichoke slices in batches, stirring constantly, until crisp and golden brown (2-4 minutes). Drain on paper towels.
- 3Top up oil to about 8cm deep and heat to 180C. Deep-fry shimeji, oyster and shiitake mushrooms in batches until golden brown (1-2 minutes), then drain in a colander.
- 4Bring mushroom stock to the boil, add fried mushrooms and simmer for mushrooms to absorb stock (1-2 minutes). Add enoki and warrigal greens, and stir-fry until greens just wilt (10-20 seconds). Slowly add tapioca, stirring until a shiny, thickened sauce forms (1-2 minutes). Add a good pinch of ground white pepper, place in bowls, top with artichoke chips and serve.
Note Warrigal greens are available from select greengrocers. To find your local supplier, go to outbackpride.com.au, and see "distributor". White soy sauce, also called shiro shoyu, is available from Japanese grocers such as Tokyo Mart and Chef's Armoury. Knorr chicken stock powder is available at Asian supermarkets.
Drink Suggestion: A wintry shiraz, such as 2006 Merricks Estate Shiraz. Drink suggestion by Masa Nishimoto