Friday, March 9, 2007

Braised Chestnut and Mushroom

I thought I have posted this dish before but I couldn't find it when I when I wanted to link this. Anyways, this is one of the regulars on our dinner table. It's simple to wok and healthy to eat. Can be recommended to vegetarian friends too! Just use vegetarian oyster sauce.

  • 1 1/2 carrots, skinned and chopped in chunks
  • 10 Chinese dried mushrooms, soaked to soften and stalks removed (retain the water)
  • 8 Fresh Chestnuts, soaked in hot water to ease the peeling of shell.
  • 1 bowl water
  • 1 tablespoon oyster sauce
  • 1 teaspoon light soy sauce
  • Oil
How to do it:

  1. After removing the shells from the chestnuts, deep fry them in oil for 30 seconds. This helps to cut down the chestnuts from breaking during braising.
  2. Saute the mushrooms and carrots for 1 minute.
  3. Put all the 2 vegetables in a pot.
  4. Add in the water retained from the mushrooms and additional water if required to cover the vegetables.
  5. Add in the oyster sauce and simmer for 1 hour or longer if you prefer your vegetables to be softer.
  6. The liquid in the pot should be lesser than half and is thick.
  7. Add in light soy sauce if you find it too bland.
  8. Serve with rice.


  1. I just showed the recipe to wife, and she'll be cooking it soon. I like the recipe & think it will be yummy. :)

  2. Welcome and thanks for coming, Fleck.

    I hope you and your wife will like it.

  3. Hi,
    I am one of your fans.
    I am quite interested in making this delicious looking dish.
    Qn1: If i cannot get fresh chestnuts, can i substitute with dried chestnuts ?
    Qn2: How to use dried chestnuts in this dish ?

    Thanks in advance for answering my qns. :)

    From : pauline(newbie in cooking)

  4. Hi Pauline! Thanks for visiting.

    Yes, you can use dried chestnuts. But the process is longer.

    First you have to soak them for about 1/2 hours to soften them in order to pick out the skin from the folds of the chestnuts. If you prefer softer chestnuts, boil them (after they are clean) for 15 minutes before you add mushroom and carrot to cook as usual.

    Happy cooking! :)

  5. Thank you!!

    From : pauline(newbie in cooking)