Friday, October 9, 2009

Smiley Straw Mushrooms with Tong Ho (Edible Chrysanthemum Leaves)

I am shallow. Sometimes I choose my food based on the level of cuteness...and nothing, I repeat, NOTHING is cuter than those halved piece of straw mushrooms smiling at me.
I feel happy just looking at them.

I hardly do my leafy vegetables soupy and brothy, but it's perfect for this one. The straw mushrooms make the broth super earthy, and it works perfectly with tong ho's fresh fragrance.

- 2 cloves of garlic, peeled, crushed
- 1 heaping cup of straw mushrooms, cleaned, halved
- 1/2 pound tong ho (or you can use spinach)
- olive oil, water, salt, pepper, sugar

Saute garlic with a bit of olive oil, add mushrooms, let them caramelise a little, add vegetables, add water, season, cook until the vegetables achieve the level of tenderness that you like, serve hot.

A happy side dish for a happy weekend ^_^


YaYa said...

I've been eating straw mushrooms for decades and never noticed that they had little alien smiley faces when cut in half, thanks for the alien smile!

Little Corner of Mine said...

Haha, yes it does look like an alien smile and very cute!

Indonesia Eats said...

Tong ho tong ho yummy in my tummy. Love tong ho with pecel sauce too

Vijitha said...

Hi ya!
This is my first time here. You have a lovely space. Keep it up!

yummy post! Pass me bowl dear. :-)

EatTravelEat said...

So cute! I've never seen that type of mushroom before. Are they just spheres when they are not cut in half?

pigpigscorner said...

I've never noticed that! So cute!

noobcook said...

haha cute indeed! they also look a bit like those twisted faces in horror movies ... oh dear I think I am the twisted one, lol