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Dried Oysters and Mushrooms

Fish and Seafood

Dried Oysters and Mushrooms
3/4 pound dried oysters
12 dried Chinese black mushrooms
1/4 pound bamboo shoots
1/4 pound water chestnuts
1 onion
2 stalks celery
3 pieces Chinese cabbage
1 Tablespoon vegetable oil
1 clove garlic, peeled and minced
1 teaspoon salt
3 scallions
1.Soak oysters and mushrooms in separate bowl for four or more hours. Then remove stems from mushrooms, and squeeze out the liquid and reserve it. Discard liquid from the oysters.
2. Cut drained oysters bamboo shoots, mushrooms, onion, celery, and Chinese cabbage into quarter-inch cubes (or mince them, if preferred). Mix oysters and onions in one bowl, all other diced ingredients in another.
3. Heat oil and fry garlic for one minute, then add oysters and fry for another; then cover, reduce heat, and simmer for three minutes. Then add salt and the diced vegetables and stir well.
4. Add one cup of mushroom water and simmer for ten minutes. Can be thickened with one tablespoon of cornstarch mixed with two tablespoons of water, or it can me made into patties and fried in half cup of oil for one to two minutes per side.

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