Mushroom stir-fry with green chilli and ginger

Stir-fried swiss brown and shiitake mushrooms.
Stir-fried swiss brown and shiitake mushrooms. Photo: William Meppem

When I was growing up, Mum always cooked with Chinese dried mushrooms. Although I maintain some of Mum's cooking methods, I prefer to use fresh mushrooms. You can use whatever mushrooms you prefer: oyster, shimeji, chestnut browns, enoki, button, field or even pine mushrooms.


3 tsp light soy sauce

1 tsp malt vinegar

1 tsp brown sugar

½ tsp sesame oil

2 tbsp peanut oil

5 cm x 2 cm knob (25g) ginger, finely sliced

250g swiss brown mushrooms, stems discarded and caps cut into 5mm slices

100g fresh shiitake mushrooms, halved on the diagonal

3 large green chillies, cut into 5mm slices on the diagonal

3 tbsp shao hsing wine or dry sherry


1. Combine soy sauce, vinegar, sugar and sesame oil in a small bowl and set aside.

2. Heat peanut oil in a hot wok until the surface seems to shimmer slightly. Add ginger and stir-fry for 10 seconds.

3. Add the mushrooms and stir-fry for 2½ minutes or until lightly golden and just tender.

4. Add green chillies and cook for 10 seconds. Add wine or sherry and cook for one minute.

5. Add soy sauce mixture and stir-fry for 30 seconds, tossing to coat everything in the sauce. Serve immediately.

This mushroom stir-fry works as a great vegetarian complement to my spicy, sticky pork ribs.