Merit and Virtue Bean Curd
|*This dish is specially prepared by the Gongde Lin(the Forest of Merit|
and Virtue) Resturant and has proven itself a favorite with many diners
, hence its name.
5 oz.bean curd
I2 dried Chinese black mushrooms of approximately same size
12 fresh button mushrooms of same size
6 red cherries (or round green pepers)
1 cup peanut oil
2 tsp. rice wine
2 tsp. soy sauce
1 1/2 tsp. sugar
2 tsp. dissolved cornstarch
1 1/2 cup vegetable stock
- Wash black mushrooms in cold water. Soak them in one cup warm water
about I5 minutes. Remove and drain.
- Cut the bean curd into round pieces, 2.5 inches in diameter and half
an inch thick. Cut the cherries in half(or round peppers).
- Heat the peanut oil. Put bean curd into the hot oil and cook till it
browns on both sides. Pour out excess oil. Add wine, soy sauce, 1 cup
vegetable stock, MSG and then cook till the soup thickens. Add half of
the dissolved cornstarch, stir and remove the mixture from the wok to a
- Heat about 2 tsp. peanut oil, add both the soaked and the fresh
mushrooms, and stir-fry them. Add wine, soy sauce, sugar, MSG and half
cup vegetable stock. Add remaining cornstarch after the mushrooms are
cooked thoroughly. Finally stack the 2 kinds of mushrooms and red
cherries on the bean curd in layers and serve.
If green pepers instead of red cherries are used, the peppers should
be cut into round pieces of 1-inch in diameter and stir- fried quickly
with a pinch of salt added.