Braised chinese lettuce and dried shrimp

Yield: 6 Servings

Measure Ingredient
8 \N -(up to)
10 \N Dried shrimp
4 \N Dried black mushrooms
1 pounds Chinese lettuce
6 cups Water
2 tablespoons Oil
½ teaspoon Salt
1 cup Mushroom-soaking liquid
2 tablespoons Soy sauce
1 teaspoon Sugar
\N 2 minutes, then drain.

1. Separately soak dried shrimp and dried mushrooms. Reserve mushroom-soaking liquid.

2. Cut lettuce in 2-inch cubes. Bring water to a boil. Blanch lettuce 1 to 3. Heat oil. Add shrimp and stir-frv 2 minutes. Add lettuce; stir-fry to coat with oil. Then sprlnkle with salt.

4. Add mushroom liquid. Bring to boil; then simmer, covered, 10 minutes.

5. Add soaked mushrooms, soy sauce and sugar. Simmer, covered, 10 minutes more. VARIATIONS:

1. In step 3, after stir-frying the lettuce, add ⅛ cup bamboo shoots, sliced; stir-fry 1 minute more. Then sprinkle with salt.

2. In step 5, also add 1 sweet red pepper, sliced or diced.

3. After step 5, thicken sauce with a cornstarch paste made of ½ tablespoon cornstarch and 2 tablespoons cold water.

From <The Thousand Recipe Chinese Cookbook>, ISBN 0-517-65870-4. Downloaded from Glen's MM Recipe Archive, .

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