We love all things Korean and hot, and only very few things beat the unique and citrusy taste of our beloved Sichuan peppercorns.
This dish unites all these features in a warming stew to give you the temporary sensation of being slightly further from home, but in a good and tasty way.
SPICY KOREAN SHIITAKE AND SICHUAN PEPPER STEW
Cook the rice according to instructions.
Heat up the peanut oil in a big skillet. Add the onions and sauté, whilst stirring regularly, until completely soft (7-10 minutes). Sprinkle with some salt. Mix well and remove from the skillet.
Clean the skillet with a kitchen paper towel. Heat the peanut oil and add the shiitake and oyster mushrooms. Sauté for 3 minutes. Add the zucchini and carrots. Sauté until soft (about 10 minutes). Add the garlic and ginger and cook for another minute. Add the gochujang paste, ground Sichuan peppercorns, red chilli flakes, tamari, maple syrup as well as the fried onions. Mix well and season to taste.
To serve, place the stew on top of the rice and adorn with sliced spring onions and sesame seeds.
Rice (or any other favourite grain), to serve
2 tbsp peanut oil
2 large yellow onions, halved and finely sliced
300g shiitake mushrooms, cleaned with kitchen paper and cut into strips
200g oyster mushrooms, cleaned with kitchen paper and cut into strips
2 courgettes, grated
2 carrots, peeled and grated
6 cloves garlic, minced
1 tbsp minced ginger
2 tbsp Korean gochujang paste (or less if you like it mild)
1,5 tbsp Sichuan peppercorns, ground in a blender or mortar
1 tsp red chilli flakes
1,5 tbsp tamari
1,5 tbsp maple syrup
Salt and pepper, to taste
Spring onions and black and white sesame seeds, for topping