Fa Cai Hao Shi -
Prosperity and Good Fortune

Fa Cai Hao Shi is a common lucky dish served during Chinese New Year, which means "prosperity and good fortune". Fa Cai is a type of fungi that looks a lot like shiny black hair, and its Chinese name sounds just like "prosperity" in Chinese; whilst Hao Shi is dried/preserved oyster, which sounds like "good things".

Ingredients:

  • 300g pork, finely chopped
  • 50g Fa Cai, soaked for 30 minutes and strained
  • 20 dried oyster, soaked in hot water for 40 minutes and strained
  • 8 Chinese mushrooms, soaked for 30 minutes and strained
  • 1 large red onion, finely chopped
  • 2 tablespoons Chinese rice wine
  • 1 teaspoon five-spice powder
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1 teaspoon brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon oyster sauce
  • 2 teaspoon sesame oil
  • 1 tablespoon flour
  • A few sprigs of coriander leaves

Preparation:

  1. Mix the chopped pork with the five-spice powder and sea salt. Divide it into small chunks and deep-fry them in hot oil till golden brown. Remove and keep aside for later.
  2. In a large saucepan, heat up the sesame oil and shallow-fry the chopped onion for about 2-3 minutes. Add in the oysters and the rice wine.
  3. Stir-fry the oysters and mushrooms for another 2-3 minutes, add in the Fa Cai and the deep-fried pork.
  4. Fill half a small bowl with water, mix in oyster sauce, flour, and brown sugar. Add the mixture into the saucepan and continue to stir-fry on medium heat till sauce is mixed well.
  5. Cover up the saucepan and let it stew on low for another 8-10 minutes.
  6. Garnish with coriander leaves and sprinkle some freshly-ground pepper.
  7. Served hot.

Versatility Note:

  1. Fa Cai may not be widely available in many countries at all times, you can try to find it in Chinese herbal shops or Chinese dried food specialty shops.
  2. The pork can be replaced with just about any type of meat, according to individual preference.
  3. If the sauce becomes too thick, add a little more water and stir for a few minutes.