Stir-Fried Oyster Mushrooms with Chicken (Ping Gu Ji Pian)

Stir-Fried Oyster Mushrooms with Chicken (Ping Gu Ji Pian)

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Ingredients

  • 1 skinless, boneless chicken breast
  • 1 scallion
  • 7 oz oyster mushrooms
  • 3 tbsp oil
  • a piece of ginger, about the size of a large clove of garlic, peeled and sliced
  • 2 garlic cloves, sliced
  • salt
  • ground white pepper
  • For the marinade:
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp Shaoxing wine
  • 1 tsp potato flour (we were out so we used cornstarch)

Directions

Lay the chicken breast on a cutting board and, holding your knife at a right angle to the board, cut it into thin slices. Place in a bowl, add the marinade ingredients with 2 tsp of cold water and mix well.

Holding the knife at a steep angle, cut the scallions into 3/8 inch diagonal slices, keeping the white and green parts separate. Clean the oyster mushrooms (if necessary) and tear or cut lengthways into bite-sized pieces, discarding any hard bits at the base of their stalks.

Heat a seasoned wok over a high flame. Add 1 tbsp oil, swirl it around, then add the mushrooms and stir-fry for a couple of minutes until nearly cooked. Set aside.

Reheat the wok over a high flame, then add the remaining oil and swirl it around. Add the chicken and stir-fry to separate the slices. When the slices are separating but still pinkish, add ginger, garlic and scallion whites and continue to stir for a few moments until you can smell their fragrances. Then return the mushrooms and stir to incorporate, adding s&p to taste. Finally, stir in scallion greens. Serve.