I went to a famous Shanghainese restaurant in Flushing the other day with friends, and I ordered my favorite dish fried wheat dough again. It was a small dish and I loved it so much, but I didn’t feel like to order again because it was greasy. Traditionally the wheat dough in this dish should be deep fried in oil, because the wheat dough is like sponge with all the tiny holes, when it is deep fried it absorbs so much oil. I decided to buy a bag of frozen wheat dough and cook it at home myself since I have all the rest ingredients at home.
I went online and checked for other people’s recipes and came up with my own version of fried wheat dough. I used different kind of dried mushrooms I have at home including cordyceps mushroom, dried shiitake mushroom, fungus and grocybe Cylindracea, if you don’t have all of them, just use anything you have on hand. I didn’t measure how much I used before I soaked them in water, and so below is the amount I measured after soaking. If you don’t have the sauce from braised pork, just add 2.5 tbsps of dark and light soy sauce each with light sodium broth (total 1/2cup) and one more tbsp. sugar, the rest of water you should try to use light sodium broth too to add the flavor.
My father never really compliment my cooking!!!!!! ( please do not ask me why) Today he though my mother cooked this dish, so when I asked how did he like it ( he usually says OK to all my cooking), he said: “ah, I though your mom cooked this, no wonder it is so good!!!” So I have to take it as a compliment, Lol… What do you think?
From top to bottow: dried shiitake, fungus, grocybe Cylindracea and cordyceps mushroom
Frozen Wheat dough 10oz.
Dried mushrooms 2.5 cups (after soaked)
Dried daylily 0.5 cup (after soaked)
Peanuts 1/4 cup
Sauce from Braised pork ½ cup
Dark soy sauce 3 tbsps
Light soy sauce 3tbsps
Sesame oil 1.5tbsps
Water or broth 1and 1/3 cup
Soak the dried mushroom, daylily and peanuts in water overnight. (Peanuts in a separated container)
Wash and cut the different kind of mushrooms into smaller pieces.
Cook peanuts in boiling water for 15 minutes or until they are tender enough for you.
Defrost wheat dough, then cut into bite sizes.
Bring 4-5 cups water to boil, cook the wheat dough in the boiling water for 2-3 minutes. Drain then wash with running water, make sure squeeze the dough to make sure all the sour flavor coming out of them. Finally squeeze as much water out the dough as possible.
Add 4tbsps oil in a cooking pan, heat it up, add dough to the oil and pan fry for about 15 minutes with medium heat or until lightly golden brown. Turn a few times make sure all sides are golden brown. Set aside.
Add 3 tbsps oil to the same pan, heat it up. Add all the mushroom to the pan and sauté for a few minutes.
Add fried wheat dough to the mushrooms and the rest of ingredients except sesame oil. Bring everything to a boil then turn the heat to small and simmer for about 15 minutes or until the sauce is all absorbed. Add sesame oil and mix well.