Sunday, April 11, 2010

Beef and Enoki Mushroom Rolls (金菇牛肉卷)

This little dish is indeed appetizing and really stands out from the menu. It's one of my favorites to order from Japanese restaurants in Hong Kong. Rich juices from the tender, slightly charred rib-eye steak combine in harmony with the tangy, slightly crunchy texture of the fresh Enoki mushroom.  The simple deliciousness just explodes in your mouth on every bite. It makes me hungry just to think about it. It's a perfect starter for any meal!
What are Enoki Mushrooms?
Rib-eye steak (sliced very very thinly 200g)
Enoki Mushroom (1-2 packs, about 400g, washed, and drained, chop off bottom part with dirt)
Vegetable Oil: 2 (1 tablespoons)
Ginger Slices (2 big pieces)
Sugar (2 teaspoons)
White rice vinegar (1 tablespoon)
Sesame Seed (2 tablespoons)
Sesame Oil (1 teaspoon)
Chilli Sauce (1 teaspoon)
Oyster Sauce: 2 tea spoons
Soy Sauce: 2 tea spoons
Rice Wine: 1/4 tea spoons
Green Onion (a few stalks, washed, drained and chopped in small pieces)
Salt and Pepper (a few pinches)

Step 1: Perpare the Enoki mushrooms: Heat up a pot of hot water with the ginger slices. When it comes to boil, place Enoki mushrooms for no more than a minute. Use a strainer to drain out the liquid. Let it cool on the side. Save the liquid and put it back into the pot.
Step 2: Prepare the meat: Boil the liquid again, and when it comes to boil, dip beef slices into the hot water and quickly take them out and put the meat into the bowl. Beef should be very tender and still half raw. Stir in half of the rice vinegar and add sugar. Mix well, do not break the beef.
Step 3: Lay beef slices down on a plate, place some Enoki mushrooms inside and roll them up into small bite size rolls.Using an indoor grill or pan, fry them on a flat surface with a bit of vegetable oil.
Step 4: Prepare the sauce: Heat up some vegetable oil, add the ingredients above for the sauce. Stir and mix well.
Step 5: Cut the beef and Enoki mushroom rolls into halves and place them on a big plate. Pour on some hot sauce and sprinkle sesame seeds all over. Enjoy!!

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