May 8, 2021

King Oyster Mushroom and Chinese Basil Stir-Fry 九層塔杏鮑菇

If you prefer a hearty bite of mushrooms, perhaps slightly chewy and bouncy instead of soft texture, king oyster mushroom can be one of your best bets. Unlike other shiitake or button mushroom, king oyster mushroom doesn't shrink as much under extended cooking time. Also thanks to its sturdy nature, king oyster mushroom can withstand heavier seasonings or stronger cooking methods such as deep-fried or stir-fried. Take this following recipe as one stance.

King oyster mushroom and Chinese basil stir-fry 九層塔杏鮑菇 -


  • 8 medium king oyster mushroom
  • 320 grams ground pork
  • 1 handful Chinese basil 
  • 4 garlic cloves 
  • 2 red chilies
  • 1 tablespoon soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoon soy sauce paste
  • 1 tablespoon oyster sauce
  • 1 teaspoon aged Chinese Shaoxing wine
  • 1/2 teaspoon granulated sugar
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil or other preferred cooking oil


Use the leaves only, roughly chop the Chinese basil. Destem then roll out the seeds from the red chilies. Cut the chilies into tiny rings. Peel and finely chop the garlic cloves. Cut the king oyster mushroom into bite size chunks.

Take a pan, drizzle about 2 tablespoons of cooking oil or enough to evenly coat the bottom of the pan. Turn to medium high heat. Add in garlic and let it cook for about 30 seconds. Check and make sure not to burn the garlic.

Add in ground pork and give it a quick stir-fry to separate the pork bits, about 30 seconds. Pour in 1 tablespoon of soy sauce, 1 tablespoon of soy sauce paste, 1 tablespoon of oyster sauce, 1 teaspoon of aged Chinese Shaoxing wine, and 1/2 teaspoon of granulated sugar. Mix and cook for another minute or two.

Transfer king oyster mushroom over and stir-fry till all the mushroom chunks have absorbed the seasonings. You'll know when the mushroom starts to darken a little bit, and the sauce begins to dry. Lower the heat a little if needed. This should take about 3 minutes.

Mix in chopped Chinese basil and give it a quick stir. Plate and garnish with chili rings.

For a spicier taste, add 1 or 2 more chopped red chilies together with chopped garlic in the beginning.

If you're cooking for kids, don't worry about the chili rings on top. They're more for the presentation and not really that spicy at all, since we already removed the seeds early on.

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