Tender mushrooms and pearl onions cooked in classic Taiwanese “Three Cup” sauce. An easy, authentic vegan Taiwanese recipe you will want to include in your weeknight dinner rotation.
I first created this recipe around 2 months ago and since then, I’ve been cooking it over and over, slowly tweaking the recipe each time. First I only used mushrooms (which is just great by itself) but I found that these pearl onions add an amazing caramelized sweetness.
What is “Three Cup”?
“Three Cup” (三杯) refers to the traditional Taiwanese recipe, which includes equal parts soy sauce, rice wine, and sesame oil. In this recipe, I will honor that tradition.
The Three Cup sauce is sticky, salty and slightly sweet with a deep caramelized flavor. Taiwanese people use the sauce in a variety of stir-fry dishes, and they mostly involve poultry or seafood. In addition to the condiments, “Three Cup” sauce would not be complete without basil. Basil gives the sauce an amazing peppery flavor and a mint-y undertone.