Everyone has a favourite and nostalgic dish deep in their hearts. For my family, this homestyle stir-fried mushrooms with fermented beanpaste (taucho) dish lovingly prepared by my late mum-in-law who is a teochew, had been, still is and will always be our family’s most treasured dish, as the name of this dish seems to imply. Every bite of these flavourful mushrooms reminisce pleasant memories of my mum-in-law’s skills and efforts in preparing this wonderful dish for all of us. This teochew treasure mushroom is a very popular vegetarian dish, traditionally served and a MUST have for our family on the first day of Chinese new year. It’s also one of my hubby’s favourite!
The main star of this dish is the dried black mushrooms (shiitake mushrooms). They are frequently speckled. These mushrooms range in price from moderate to the more expensive.The more expensive ones are called ‘flower mushrooms’ as they have a thick cap and nice curl. However, the cheaper ones are perfectly good for use in soup and stir fries.
This is a very simple to cook dish and and the mushrooms add their own special flavour to this dish. Just stir-fry softened mushrooms with fermented bean paste (taucho) making sure that the mushrooms are fully infused with the flavourful beanpaste (taucho). Then thoroughly mixed the beanpaste infused mushrooms with sweet dried beancurd. And we’re done! Yes, it’s just that simple yet so delicious.