Welcome to the ultimate guide to preparing an exquisite dish of braised abalone with broccoli. This mouthwatering recipe combines the delicate flavors of abalone, fish maw, and mushroom, creating a dish that will impress your friends and family.
Preparing the Ingredients
To begin, soak 28g of fish maw in water for approximately 2 hours, or until it becomes soft. To speed up the process, cover the bowl with a lid. Next, soak 18 pieces of medium-sized dried shiitake mushrooms in water for the same duration.
Take a few cloves of garlic, peel them, and slice them into thin pieces. Peel and slice 20g of ginger as well. Now, let’s move on to preparing the broccoli. Roughly chop a fresh broccoli head and soak it in saltwater for 15 minutes. Rinse it thoroughly afterward. Peel the broccoli stem and cut it into flower shapes. Also, slice the broccoli stem.
For added color and flavor, peel and cut the carrots into flower shapes. Don’t forget to slice them too.
Begin the cooking process by squeezing out the water from the soaked fish maw. Rinse it thoroughly and cut it into small pieces. Similarly, cut off the stems of the mushrooms, rinse them, and squeeze out any excess water.
Now, prepare a pot of boiling water and blanch the broccoli. Add 1 teaspoon of salt, 1 teaspoon of sugar, and 1 teaspoon of cooking oil to enhance the flavors. Blanch the broccoli for approximately 2 minutes and then set it aside.
In a separate pan, heat 2 tablespoons of cooking oil and fry the sliced ginger and garlic until they become fragrant. Once the garlic is fried, remove it from the pan and set it aside. Stir-fry the mushrooms in the same pan until they release their aroma.
Add 1 tablespoon of shaoxin wine and 1 tablespoon of oyster sauce. Incorporate the abalone sauce, along with 400ml of water. Let the mixture simmer on low heat for 20 minutes. Then, add 2 tablespoons of light soy sauce and the fried garlic. Toss in the carrots and broccoli stem, followed by the fish maw. If the dish seems dry, feel free to add more water, as fish maw tends to absorb the sauce.
Allow the ingredients to stew for an additional 2 to 3 minutes before adding the abalone. Cook on low heat for another 2 minutes. Taste the dish and adjust the seasoning with salt, light soy sauce, and a sprinkle of white pepper.
Finally, give the dish a good stir, turn off the heat, and serve this delectable braised abalone with broccoli to your fortunate guests.
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