12 July 2008

Braised Chicken with Mushrooms & Carrots

I didn't like mushrooms when I was a young girl, not that we could afford to stock them up for regular consumption. They fall under the category of expensive festival food reserved for feasts on special occasions.

My aversion began when I discovered that a mushroom is actually a fungus and not vegetable. Fungi was then registered in my grey matter as organisms thriving only in the filthiest of damp murky places. Mere mention of the word will send a somewhat severe gag reflex disorder into active mode. It didn't help that newspapers often had mushroom headlines in the literal sense -- 'Family of # hospitalized after eating wild mushrooms' or 'Only 2 survivors in mushroom meal tragedy', etc.

Such reports have dwindled with progress in the food industry and health awareness, and I am better educated.

These days, mushrooms are a must-buy on every trip to the grocery store and my favorite is the shitake variety. Its flavor is more pronounced and especially rich when braised in a savory sauce ...

Oyster & Dark Soy Sauce, Carrots, Star Anise in Cooking Wine
Garlic & Ginger, Chilli, Shallots

Chicken in Sesame Oil, Soy Sauce & Pepper Marinade

Dried Shitake Mushrooms soaked in water.

I like this color combination.

It could do with a bit more sauce but still ... Yummeeee!

This wasn't a part of any feast but I did cook it for a special occasion - the arrival of summer in Seattle, finally. :)

28 comments:

Kathie said...

WOW! Looks delicious!
Blessings from Costa Rica

Ms eNVy said...

Looks yummilicious! .. I could taste the yumminess all the way over here in B.C :)

Anonymous said...

yes, delicious..braised chicken mushroom is my favourite. I usually I add some potatoes to thicken the sauce.

- Kath

dawn said...

Rita, I like this dish, too, and it's simple and easy to cook. Sometimes I add tofu (fried) for a different variation.

Yatie_T said...

Rita,
I love this dish and it looks so good. I am taking my lunch early today... this dish makes me hungry. :)

HI said...

YUMMMM!! Now I'm craving for some braised chicken with mushroom & carrots. *hint* *hint*

Rita Ho said...

Thank you, Kathie! This is a good dish with rice but taste great on pasta as well. :)

Rita Ho said...

Hey Norma ... When you visit, this will be one of the dishes on the table. Phew! LOL!

Rita Ho said...

Hi Kath ... That is a great idea! I love potatoes.

Hope you weren't caught in Monday's massive traffic jam!!

Rita Ho said...

Another great suggestion, Dawn. Tofu and mushrooms blend well. I love tofu as well!!

Thanks for the tip!

Rita Ho said...

Tuck away, Yatie! :)

Rita Ho said...

Hooi Imm ... Would you like yours with potatoes and tofu?

I hope it is good dreaming weather at your end. Haha!

Beachlover said...

Rita,you so "yau sam kei" display each indivual sauce for cooking.I just whack and agak agak when adding sauce into my cooking but not baking.Now you make me want to braise mine chicken leg in pressure cooker..oh yees,Elliot hate mushroom,he said how can I eat fungus??.If he see the meal with fungus(mushroom) he not even going to touch at all.Usually I minced it,he have no idea,then it's ok..lol!!

Rita Ho said...

Haha! "Yau-sam-kei" towards ingredients is a must for me in the kitchen, Lesley. Otherwise, nothing will be edible! Not joking, here.

David is the opposite of Elliot in liking mushrooms. He loves them, especially raw in salads.

I look forward to seeing your chicken leg in pressure cooker. :)

Kerp (Ph.D) said...

hey, it was only last week i had a taste of baked portobello mushroom. its a huge type of fungi where i thought only the rich can afford it. and get this aunty, the best part was, its available at a road-side stall simply called William's. the owner (obviously mr William) describes his place as Kedai haram tepi jalan. its true. its hotel food serve without the unnecessary dining etiquette, and at much cheaper price! me fat Danny digs it...hehehehe...

Anonymous said...

Rita, I was lucky becos of ampang elevated highway...reach office in time but i heard those who stayed in subang/pj area were caught in the massive traffic jammed.

yea the braised chicken actually you can add lot of things to your liking..the gravy when poured on the hot rice, wow it's yummy.

- Kath

Salt & Turmeric said...

looks good macam kat restaurant. ;)

iv problem w my new bloglist. ur url somehow jadi diff. tension betul. :(

Big Boys Oven said...

a wholesome home cooking, really cool!

Zawi said...

Rita,
Any left overs for me? It is OK if the chicken pieces are gone since I love the musgroom more than the chicken.

mº¿ºsh, brecht & nora said...

Hi Rita, We just got back from our summer hols! Good to read that Lola is back home and well again. Wow, very envious of you, get to meet your country men over what looks like very delicious malaysian cuisine!!! Well, i shant complain cos i get to go to KFC on our hols hahahaha. U look brilliant in those photos ; ) Thx for sharing em. Hugs for now xxx

Rita Ho said...

Kerp ... I love portobello shrooms too, both big and baby one! They are common here, not expensive.

Stalls like William's are indeed the best eating places! Most of my best meals are taken there where one can suck the bones dry and lick fingers clean without worrying about table manners.

So, which roadside is William at??

Rita Ho said...

Thank God you escaped that jam, Kath. A few of my friends were caught for no less than two hours just crawling!!

I have guests in town, so going to cook this dish for them. Will add potatoes and tofu. Can sense the taste as I type. Haha!

Rita Ho said...

Thank you, Farina. You meant Restaurant RH, right? LOL!

Don't worry about the bloglist snag. It will sort itself out after a few days. I had the same problem when I installed it. Cool feature, kan?

Rita Ho said...

Thank you, BBO! Coming from you guys, my beetroot face is appearing. :)

Rita Ho said...

Hi Mush ... I just took a peek at your vacation photos. Awesome! They brought back fond memories of my visit there!

You like KFC too? Original or crispy? I prefer the original as it retains more of the special spices. What hot sauce do they serve it with in Europe? I have eaten it in many countries and find Malaysia/Singapore chilli sauce the best!!

Rita Ho said...

Zawi ... No left overs but I will make you some anytime. :) We have similar taste! More mushrooms than chicken for me as well.

Kathy said...

You are much more mature than I - I still cannot handle the taste/smell of mushrooms. However, I do appreciate your food pictures, as always!

Rita Ho said...

Hi Kathy ... I now know what not to cook or order when dining with you. :)

Co-incidentally, we found a white mushroom growing in the front yard when we cleared the debris from the home improvement project! Can't tell which kind it is or what generated its growth.