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Master Stock with Mushrooms

Yields4 ServingsCook Time1 hr 30 mins

 8 cups chicken stock
 1 cup shao hsing rice wine
 1/3 cup light soy sauce
 ½ cup ketcap manis
 ¼ cup grated palm sugar
 3 garlic cloves, sliced
 5cm piece unpeeled ginger, sliced
 1 stalk lemongrass, bruised (see tip)
 1 small red chilli, halved
 2 star anise
 2 cinnamon sticks
 100g shiitake mushrooms, sliced
 2 x 1kg (No 10) chickens, trimmed, cleaned
 100g enoki mushrooms, trimmed, separated
 200g oyster mushrooms, sliced if large
 coriander and sliced chilli, to serve

Combine the stock, wine, soy sauce, ketcap manis, palm sugar, garlic, ginger, lemongrass, chilli, star anise, cinnamon and half the shiitake mushrooms in a large wok. Bring to the boil over medium heat. Reduce heat to low. Cover and simmer for 15 minutes.


Meanwhile, cut the chickens in half, discarding the back bone. Place chickens, skin-side down, in the simmering stock. Simmer gently for 1 hour or until the chicken is just cooked through.


Using a slotted spoon, remove the chicken halves. Place, skin-side up, in 4 shallow bowls. Top with enoki mushrooms and cover to keep warm.


Strain the stock, discarding the solids. Return the stock to the wok and bring to the boil. Add oyster mushrooms and remaining shiitake mushrooms. Cook for 2–3 minutes or until just tender. Taste and adjust adding sugar if it needs sweetening or soy for salt. Ladle hot stock over the chicken and mushrooms, top with coriander and chilli. Serve.

Nutrition Facts

Servings 4