The inspiration for this dish came from leftovers (black beans) and market finds (Asian mushrooms).
If I’m not in a fresh market where I can select from a variety of mushrooms, the packaged blend advertised as Asian found in the produce section of supermarkets fits the bill — and you might remember that Asian Mushrooms are purportedly really good for your health. Pair them with whatever vegetables you have on hand and black beans.
This is not ‘authentic’ Asian. It’s for the home cook. If you don’t have a wok, a hot skillet will do well too. It’s an easy dish. The key to the stir fry is cooking ‘quick’ and ‘hot’.
You’ll feel so healthy with all these good-for-you
- Asian mushrooms
- scallion (1 for cooking, 1 for garnish)
- black beans
- broccoli slaw
- piece of dried red chili pepper minced
- chopped almonds
- pickled ginger
- noodles (I used whole grain linguine)
- canola (or vegetable) oil
- sesame oil
- ponzu (soy) sauce
- pickled ginger
- splash of mirin
- rice vinegar
- Put water up to boil for noodles.
- Heat wok or skillet and add canola or vegetable oil.
- Add garlic and red chili pepper to flavor oil.
- Add splash of ponzu (soy) sauce and a splash of mirin.
- Then quickly add vegetables and cook for a few minutes.
- Drain noodles and toss in pan to thoroughly mix.
Final Touch: Splash of rice vinegar, chopped raw scallion, chopped almonds and a piece of pickled ginger julienned as garnish are real pops of flavor and texture. Just a small amount of each will add acid, freshness, brine and crunch to your plate and palate. Pop, pop in your mouth.
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