Easy yet delicious vegan-friendly dinner. A steaming bowl of spicy mushroom noodle soup with hot and sour broth and meaty mushrooms. Sear the mushroom in a cast-iron skillet to achieve perfect golden crispiness
- 3 tbsp vegetable oil
- 300 g oyster mushrooms
- 2 garlic cloves, minced
- 1/2 inch ginger, peel and minced
- 1 green bell pepper, thinly sliced
- 1 tsp tomato paste
- 1/2 cup light soy sauce
- 1/4 cup Chinese black vinegar
- 200 egg noodles
- 1 head bok choy, roughly chopped
- chili oil, for serving
- toasted sesame oil, for serving
- chopped green onion, for serving
- toasted sesame seeds, for serving
- Separated mushroom into a large cluster. In a large cast-iron skillet, heat a tablespoon of oil over medium-high heat until really hot but not smoking. Place the mushroom clusters into the skillet.
- Slightly press the mushrooms with the spatula, so most of the surface area directly touching the skillet. Cook, until the mushrooms have softened, turn into a deep golden brown, and release much of their water, 5 to 6 minutes.
- Sprinkle the top with salt and pepper. Carefully flip the mushrooms, then cook an additional 2 to 3 minutes on the second side. Remove the mushrooms from skillet. Torn half the mushrooms into bite-size pieces and keep the other half for topping.
- Heat 1 tablespoon oil in a medium-size pot. Stir in garlic, ginger, and bell pepper. Cook until fragrant and bell pepper slightly wilted, 2 to 3 minutes.
- Add tomato paste, soy sauce, black vinegar, and 5 cups of water. Bring to boil and season with salt and pepper. Lower the heat to medium-low and continue to simmer for 10 minutes.
- Add noodles and bok choy to the pot. Continue to simmer until noodles, and bok choy is tender.
- Divide the noodles and vegetables among bowl, then ladle the hot soup over the top. Serve with the remaining mushrooms, chopped green onion, sesame seeds, sesame, and chili oil