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Chinese Chestnuts and Celery

Vegetables, also Vegetarian Foods

Chinese Chestnuts and Celery
1/2 pound Chinese chestnuts
12 large dried Chinese black mushrooms, soaked for one hour in two cups warm water, discard their stems, and reserve one-quarter cup of the mushroom water
1/4 cup corn oil
4 cups Chinese celery, washed, dried, and cut in one-inch lengths
1 teaspoon sugar
3 Tablespoons thin soy sauce
1/2 teaspoon salt
1. Cut slit in one side of each chestnut. Then put in pot of boiling water and lower the heat. Simmer for half hour, then peel while hot.
2. Cut each mushroom in quarters.
3. Heat oil, add mushrooms and celery pieces and stir-fry for two minutes, then add sugar, quarter cup of mushroom water and soy sauce, cover, and simmer for five minutes.
4. Add chestnuts, soy sauce and salt and bring to the boil. Boil until all liquid evaporates, three to five minutes, then serve.

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