Been craving a meaty, spicy Korean stir-fry? This recipe is the one you’re looking for. These Maitake mushrooms are pan-seared, covered in a Korean spicy sauce, and roasted to perfection.
The Maitake Mushroom
The Maitake Mushroom, or “Hen of the Woods,” is a Japanese cluster mushroom known for its medicinal purposes. In the culinary world, the mushroom its known for its simplicity. Chefs usually just pull the cluster apart into little pieces and sauté them, using them as garnish for dishes like pasta or risotto. But for this recipe, we will not be pulling it apart and instead will be cooking it in its natural clustered state.
As it turns out, when you smash down the mushrooms and deeply caramelize them, you not only concentrate its flavors, but in the process create a more compact structure. What you end up with are dense, meaty mushroom pieces that have texture just like meat. And when you roast them in the oven, the mushrooms dry out a little more and the flavor intensifies even more.
Naturally, my instincts tell me to douse them in a Korean spicy sauce…