Friday, October 30, 2009

Braised Chestnuts With Mini Shiitake Mushrooms

Dried water chestnut is the only nut that carries vitamin C. In view of its high carbohydrates content in its starch, it'll be a good idea to add some chestnuts in vegetarian dish to replace rice or noodles. Another way of promoting healthy diet?

In the past, I would not consider using dried chestnuts in my cooking when I factor in the dehydration process. But now, something is pushing me to experiment new things. Here's the result of my research on several cook books.

Braised Chestnuts With Mini Shiitake Mushrooms
Serves 2-3


100gm of shiitake mushrooms, cleaned
120gm of dried chestnuts, soaked overnight
some mint leaves, coarsely chopped


1 & a half tbsp of dark soy sauce
1 tbsp of sugar
1 tsp of sesame oil
salt to taste
700ml water


1. Bring water to a boil in a non-stick pot. Add chestnuts and seasoning. Leave it simmering under low heat with lid covered. Stir occasionally. Add water if needed. This will take about an hour to get the chestnut tender.

2. When the sauce is about to thicken, add mushrooms and mint leaves. Let it cook for another 10 minutes. Add salt to taste.

3. Serve hot on its own or with rice.


choi yen said...

Oh, my mom just told me she had bought some chestnut, should ask her cook this!!

ann low said...

Mmmm...Sounds delicious and healthy. I seldom use chestnut in my dish only for dumpling. Must try this recipe one day.

cherry potato said...

wow, look so yummy!

Elin Chia said...

Wow..this is something nice. I want to make this too. Thanks for sharing the recipe. I can imagine liaw how it would taste like...yum yum yummy :) Btw your photography skill is excellent now. Keep up the good work. Very pro now :))

foodbin said...

the chestnut are not properly cleaned.

Little Inbox said...

mimid3vils, yea, should try this!

anncoo, it's easy to prepare this dish, try it!

cherry potato, yummy ar?

Elin, i still at beginner stage, will try to improve further...

foodbin, u mean the dark colored bits and pieces on the chestnut? it is chopped mint leaves. Also the sauce trapped in between the gaps :P

Velva said...

A very interesting flavor combination! Mushrooms and water chestnuts. very nice! Thank you for sharing.

tigerfish said...

So nice, I like.

allie said...

I love chestnut. This looks yummy!

Tummythoz said...

Good if add chicken too.

Food For Tots said...

The shot looks great! Very well composed and nice presentation. Well done!

Little Inbox said...

Velva, you're welcome.

tigerfish, thanks!

allie, the chestnut and mushroom combination is nice.

tummythoz, next time i'll add some chicken :)

food for tots, hope you like it :)

we are never full said...

what a great dish! i love chestnuts and can imagine how well they pair w/ the mushrooms and the other flavors. yum.

Balanced Life Coaching the FUN way said...

These look like regular chestnuts - not water chestnuts - confused.

Balanced Life Coaching the FUN way said...

I am confused !

These look like regular chestnuts and not water chestnuts ?

Which is it ?

Little Inbox said...

Balanced Life Coaching the FUN way,
this is not water chestnut. It is the dried chestnut that is hard.


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