Chinese Vegetable Stocks


Bowl of Bean Sprout and Mushroom Stock
Soy Sprout Mushroom
Bowl of Sichuan Vegetable Stock
Szechwan Vegetable
Bowl of Fermented Black Bean Vegetable Stock
Fermented Black Bean
Bowl of Soy Sauce Sesame Oil Vegetable Stock
Soy Sauce Sesame Oil

Soybeans Sprout & Mushroom:     This is the most complex of these stocks, and takes the longest, but it is my favorite. It does taste of soybean sprouts, of course. Some people use only Soybean Sprouts, and some omit the Bamboo Shoots. Makes 2-1/4 quarts.




4
3
12
2-1/2

oz
oz
qt
Dried Shiitakes
Bamboo Shoots
Soybean Sprouts
Water
  1. In a 3 quart saucepan, place Dried Shiitakes and 2-1/2 quarts (10 cups) of Water. Allow to soak for 15 minutes or more.
  2. Slice Bamboo Shoots (if using) fairly thin. Use vacuum packed shoots, not canned.
  3. Stir in Bean Sprouts and Bamboo Shoots. Bring to a boil and simmer slowly for about 40 minutes.
  4. Strain out solids.

Szechuan Vegetable:     This stock has a hint of salt, and more than a hint of cabbage. Makes 1 quart.




2
1-1/4
oz
qt
Szechuan Vegetable
Water
  1. Slice Szechuan Vegetable fairly thinly.
  2. In a saucepan, place Szechuan Vegetable 1-1/4 quart (5 cups) Water
  3. Bring to a boil and simmer for 10 minutes.
  4. Strain out solids.

Fermented Black Bean:     This stock is closest to a meat stock, but still quite beany, and quite dark. Makes 1 quart.




2
1-1/4
oz
qt
Fermented Black Beans
Water
  1. Rinse Fermented Black Beans.
  2. In a saucepan, place Black Beans and 1-1/4 quart (5 cups) Water
  3. Bring to a boil and simmer for 20 minutes.
  4. Strain out solids.

Soy Sauce & Sesame Oil:     This stock is used by a Shanghai Buddhist Temple restaurant for their noodle and wonton soups. It is by far the quickest and easiest given here. Makes 1 quart.




1
3
1/2
qt
t
t
Water
Soy Sauce
Sesame Oil, dark
  1. In a saucepan, bring to a boil 1 quart (4 cups) Water
  2. Turn off heat and stir in Soy Sauce and Sesame Oil.

NOTES:
  1. Comments:   Vegetable stocks such as these are used particularly in Chinese and Vietnamese Buddhist communities - Chinese Buddhism is much more strict about vegetarianism than Thai Buddhism, which is a bit more "don't ask, don't tell". All these stocks are based on those given by über expert Fuchsia Dunlop. You should pick the one that will go best with your other ingredients.
  2. U.S. measure: t=teaspoon, T=Tablespoon, c=cup, qt=quart, oz=ounce, #=pound, cl=clove in=inch, ar=as required tt=to taste
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