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".
- 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
- 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.
- 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.
- Stir-fry the oysters and mushrooms for another 2-3 minutes, add in the Fa Cai and the deep-fried pork.
- 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.
- Cover up the saucepan and let it stew on low for another 8-10 minutes.
- Garnish with coriander leaves and sprinkle some freshly-ground pepper.
- Served hot.
- 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.
- The pork can be replaced with just about any type of meat, according to individual preference.
- If the sauce becomes too thick, add a little more water and stir for a few minutes.
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