Jade Button Mushrooms


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Appears in

China: A Cookbook


By Terry Tan

Published 2020

  • About

Within Chinese symbolism, there are endless references to acquiring wealth, wisdom and longevity β€” the three most desired objectives in the culture. For instance, noodles are eaten for the promise of longevity. Wisdom? Well, it can only come with longevity! Green vegetables are often likened to jade, which symbolizes wealth.


  • 200 g/7 oz mustard greens (sian chai), cut into 4cm/1Β½in squares
  • 30 ml/2 tbsp vegetable oil
  • 2 garlic cloves, crushed
  • 200 g/7 oz/3 cups fresh button/white mushrooms, thinly sliced
  • 200 g/7 oz/3 cups fresh straw mushrooms
  • 30 ml/2 tbsp light soy sauce
  • 2.5 ml/Β½ tsp ground white pepper
  • 30 ml/2 tbsp Shaoxing wine or dry sherry
  • 5 ml/1 tsp cornflour/cornstarch
  • salt, to taste


    1. Blanch the greens in a pan of boiling water for 20 seconds, then drain, rinse with cold running water and drain again. (This helps to preserve their green colour.)
    2. Heat the oil in a wok and fry the garlic for 20 seconds. Add the greens and mushrooms and stir-fry over high heat for 2 minutes. Add the soy sauce, pepper and wine or sherry and stir for 1 minute.
    3. Blend the cornflour with 150 ml/ΒΌ pint/β…” cup water and add to the wok. Stir until the sauce bubbles and thickens, then season with salt to taste. When serving, arrange the mustard greens so that they are prominent, as they are the β€˜jade’ of the recipe name.