Wood-ear Mushroom Salad

Ingredients for Wood-ear Salad
3 cup coarsely chopped wood-ear mushrooms
2 Medium sized onions
6 to 8 cloves of garlic
1-1 ½ cups ground chicken meat
1 package thin rice noodles
2-4 tablespoons olive oil
1 tablespoon mirin
1 -2 teaspoons Asian fish sauce
2 tablespoons of dry sherry
Freshly ground pepper
1/3rd cup white wine.
Preparation for Wood-ear Salad
Saute the chopped onion and three or four cloves of garlic in a tablespoon of olive oil until the onions are translucent (about ten minutes), then add three cups of chopped wood ear.
Cook for five minutes and add a third of a cup of white wine and continue to cook until the wine is mainly absorbed.
Season with fish sauce and freshly ground pepper.
Put the wood-ear dish aside.  Make it the day before and eat some just as it is.

Rice Noodles
Put the rice noodles in a heat proof bowl and cover with boiling water.  Let them stand for thirty seconds to a minute and test.  As soon as they are no longer hard, plunge them into cold water to cool immediately.  Drain, and chop into inch long pieces.

Saute the other chopped onion with the remaining garlic and olive oil.
Add the ground chicken when the onions have turned translucent and cook until almost done (about five minutes).
Add the mirin, fish sauce, sherry and season with freshly ground pepper and salt if needed.  Cook until most of the liquid is absorbed.

Mix the Wood-ears, noodles and chicken together and serve at room temperature or store in the refrigerator and serve cold.

A Note on Wood-ears

They are no longer popular in the West, although once they were used medicinally in Europe, but they remain a favorite in Asia where they are cultivated.  They are available around the world and can be cultivated all year around.


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