Meat Filling with Wood Ear Mushrooms
 
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A nice savory filling for use in lettuce or rice crepes.
Recipe type: Asian, Entree, Appetiser
Serves: 4 - 6
Ingredients
  • (caveat with the ingredients, it's ALL to taste. I usually don't measure a thing when cooking Asian foods. The measurements below are my best guesstimate, having cooked this just a half hour before writing).
  • 1-2 lb. Ground Beef (ground pork or chicken would work too)
  • 1 tsp. Soy Sauce, or to taste
  • ½ tsp Lee Kum Kee chicken powder (opt.) http://bit.ly/LKKChickenBouillonPowder
  • ½ tsp Beef powder (opt.) http://bit.ly/BeefStockPowder
  • 1 TBS Tamarind paste ( http://bit.ly/Tamarind_Paste )
  • 2 TBS Oyster Sauce http://bit.ly/LKK_OysterSauce
  • ¼ cup Wood Ear Mushroom, chopped ⅛" squares or so
  • ¼ cup Water Chestnuts, chopped ⅛" squares or so
  • 2 Thai Bird's Eye Chili Peppers, chopped very fine (to taste)
  • 2 cloves Garlic, chopped fine
  • 3 Tbs Corn Starch
  • ¼ cup Cold water
  • Salt and Pepper to taste
Instructions
  1. Mix all the ingredients except the cold water.
  2. Add the cold water a little at a time, until you have a soft, wet meat mixture, but not so much that it's puddling.
  3. Preheat a wok with a few tablespoons of oil to med-high.
  4. Once the oil is hot, add the meat and leave for 3 minutes.
  5. Stir, breaking up any lumps to a medium fine ground texture.
  6. Strain excess oil and service in a bowl.
Notes
This works well with Romain lettuce "tacos", butter lettuce cups, or Vietnamese spring roll wrappers. http://bit.ly/SpringRollWrapper Serving suggestions. Have a bowl of cooked rice noodles or bean thread noodles. You can serve it with Hoisin sauce as a condiment to be spread inside as well. If you're using spring roll wrappers, have cucumber shreds and lettuce or spring mix to put inside and add a nice fresh, healthy crunch to it. A small bowl of lemon or lime wedges will put a contrasting sour to complement the salty, savory, and spicy taste of the meat.
Recipe by Wild Chopsticks! at http://wildchopsticks.com/2012/07/30/wood-ear-or-cloud-mushrooms-asian-ingredients/