Carrot, radish and mushroom stir fry


A classic ‘let me see what ingredients I have around, Google up something and make it’ dish. The shiitake and enoki I picked up yesterday when I first turned this up and then it was just a matter of making it tonight. Doubtless would go well over noodles or rice but I just had it on its own, and v. tasty it was.

The recipe was found over here — wish they provided the Vietnamese name of it, but hey:

1/3 cup cooking oil (I used peanut)
1 medium carrot, peeled and finely shredded
1 medium white daikon (radish), peeled and finely shredded
5 large shiitake mushrooms, soaked in hot water for 30 minutes, thinly sliced
1 fresh leek, green top discarded, sliced into quarters lengthways then cut into 3-cm lengths
1 1/2 tablespoons fermented bean (ie, soy) sauce
1 tablespoon wine (I used white)
1 teaspoon sugar
1 bunch fresh enoki mushrooms, tough ends removed
2 tablespoons sesame oil
1 sprig fresh coriander leaves, finely chopped

* Heat oil in a wok until smoking hot.
* Add the carrot, daikon, shiitake and leek. Stir fry quickly for 1 minute.
* Season mixture with the bean sauce, wine and sugar.
* Lower heat to medium high and cook for about 4 to 5 minutes.
* Add the enoki mushrooms, stir fry 1 to 2 minutes more.
* Stir in the sesame oil and turn off heat.
* Transfer to platter, garnish with chopped coriander and serve.

The perils of being a foodie

It can cause you to stop being a country’s leader.

Quite obviously given the extremely torturous and unsettled history of democracy in Thailand, both the stakes and the situation that resulted in this are far more than meets the eye — and strange occurences like these aren’t new either for the country; during the last few years another Thai prime minister has gone from being a massive populist in his home country to an owner of an English football team. Still, especially given the elections here and all, there’s something so sweetly surreal about reading a headline like “Thailand’s prime minister forced to resign over TV cooking show,” you have to admit.

Also, what a BRILLIANT name for a food show — Tasting and Complaining. Somebody over here should have thought of that by now.