Kung Pao Mushroom is made by using adding mushrooms to a Kung Pao sauce which gets its unique flavor from roasted peanuts and whole dried red chilies (peppers) being smoked in hot oil.
Is it just me or do the characters of any new series you begin to watch all look alike until you are couple of episodes into the season and start recognizing them by their names? Does the fact that this does not happen to me with Indian cinema/television as much make me a racist? Ha ha. I think our brains are conditioned to do so. In fact, my husband says that his non-Indian colleagues get confused with Indian faces all the time calling one by another’s name just before realizing they goofed up 😀
This is precisely what used to happen to me when I walked into a Chinese buffet! I found myself wondering the reason they calling it by different names since they all look the same. Hmmm… This is what a non-Indian must be thinking at an Indian buffet. They all look the same, Curry! A spicy curry and a not-so spicy curry?? (If you are looking for a curry, recipe with mushroom, here is one) It is not until you have eaten it a couple of times or cooked it do you start recognizing the subtle yet obvious flavor differences.
In India, especially Bangalore, Chinese food has become so rampant that it is even sold from a cart just like falafels in New York. Except that that Chinese food cart in Bangalore is not owned by a Chinese man. Far from it; the person who owns it might not even have tasted Chinese food. The preparations are very tasty nevertheless! 😀 So, the Indian-ised Chinese available in India comes only in two forms – Soy based (called Hunan gravies) and red chili based (called Shezwan gravies). Now, I am sure, you can relate to how everything looked the same to me at a Chinese buffet??
Today, I have been exposed enough to Asian cuisine that I can replicate flavors and recreate recipes. One of my favorites is Kung Pao mushroom. If you have not tried it before or it is not available where you live, you must make this at once. Kung Pao mushroom (or Tofu or vegetable) comes together quickly, is extremely tasty and can be incorporated into your weeknight meals too!
Here is the recipe for:
Kung Pao Mushroom