Stir-Fried Mushrooms with White Asparagus & Coriander


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Balance and Harmony

By Neil Perry

Published 2008

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There are quite a few ingredients in this dish, but it’s well worth the shopping effort, and the stir-frying happens quite quickly. You can, of course, use green asparagus instead of the white, and beans will also work well. Do try to use a mixture of mushrooms as they add great texture and taste variations.


  • 300 g (10½ oz) mixed mushrooms such as shiitake, oyster, shimeji and enoki
  • 4 white asparagus spears, trimmed and sliced on the diagonal into thirds
  • 1 small handful of coriander (cilantro) leaves
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 2 cloves garlic, finely chopped
  • 1 teaspoon finely chopped ginger
  • 1 tablespoon shaoxing
  • 2 teaspoons sugar
  • 1 tablespoon mushroom soy sauce
  • a few drops of sesame oil
  • 3 tablespoons fresh chicken stock
  • 75 g (2⅔ oz) bean sprouts, trimmed
  • a pinch of freshly ground white pepper


    Trim the mushrooms if necessary and tear any large ones in half. Heat a wok until just smoking. Add the vegetable oil and, when hot, stir-fry the asparagus for 1 minute. Add the mushrooms (except the enoki if using), garlic and ginger and stir-fry until fragrant. Deglaze the wok with the shaoxing, then add the sugar, soy sauce, sesame oil and chicken stock and allow the sauce to reduce slightly. Add the enoki, toss together and check for balance. Remove from the heat, fold in the bean sprouts and coriander and sprinkle with white pepper to serve.