An Ajinomoto Cooking Challenge : Oyster Mushroom Sisig

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Oyster Mushroom Sisig

Cooking healthy meals puts me to challenge daily. It’s not that I have a zero knowledge in cooking or ingredients are nowhere to be found nearby where we live (though that also happens at times!) but it’s having a picky eater in the household. There were times that I had to be harsh not letting my 4 y/o get in the way. My house rule is “Eat what is served on the table or do not eat at all“. I’ve always believed that “Pag nagutom yan, hihingi yan” but that only works after a struggle or after I let my convincing power handle the situation. Some cases were manageable but of course who would want a dramatic meal time spent with any of your family members?

I gotta do something. Do some magic! Yeah, that works, too! With the help of Ajinomoto’s Porksavor™ All-in-One Seasoning Mix, my 30-days-challenge was down to 29. Not bad eh?

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Before I go on with my worth-sharing recipe, please allow me to give you a little info about this all-in-one seasoning mix.

Porksavor™ is made from natural pork meat extract and bone broth, complete with spices and seasonings to bring out the deliciousness of home-cooked dishes. The new Porksavor™ is available in 8-gram packs for only PhP 2.00 Suggested Retail Price (SRP). It is truly an affordable way to draw pork flavor goodness in dishes without the cholesterol.

Now let’s get to the recipe that made my day and my kids and parents (and nanny) smile! Too bad I wasn’t able to capture those moments for the reasons that:

1. I only shared the recipe with my mom via FB.

2. We were too busy eating and indulging with what I have recently discovered…

OYSTER MUSHROOM SISIG (seasoned with Pork Savor™)

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Ingredients:

1/4 kg oyster mushroom (chopped)
1 whole fresh egg
4 pcs medium-sized red onions (chopped)
2 cloves garlic (chopped)
Onion spring for garnishing (optional)
2 tsp vegetable oil
soy sauce (to taste)
4 pcs calamansi extract
chili granules (optional)
1 sachet (8g) of Porksavor™ All-in-One Seasoning Mix

Note: Makes 2 servings, more or less I spent Php50 for the ingredients.

Here’s how:

1. Sprinkle half of the Porksavor™ All-in-One Seasoning Mix onto the whole oyster mushrooms and marinate for 30 minutes. (I suggest not to over-do it so that you won’t lose the natural crunchiness of these amazing oyster mushrooms). Set aside.

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2. Chop the onions, garlic and onion spring.

3. Chop the oyster mushrooms, the same size as how you normally do the sisig.

4. Pour the vegetable oil in a non-stick pan (preferably), then 1/4 of the chopped onions and garlic. Once the onions are translucent, put the chopped mushrooms.

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5. Let it cook till the mushrooms are golden brown. Do not cover. You need to really get that sisig look, you know.

6. Put the remaining Porksavor™ All-in-One Seasoning Mix on to it. Stir.

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7. Once the mushrooms are almost done ready, add the remaining chopped onions, chili granules (as mentioned above, this is optional. In my case, my kids can tolerate spicy food so I opted to put a little), soy sauce and calamansi extract for a much more tastier healthy sisig. Let it cook for another 2 minutes on slow fire. While waiting, you may start frying the egg for toppings.

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8. Garnish with onion spring and top it with fried egg and a couple of calamansi slices (optional).
9. Serve hot.

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Before I end my post, let me also share with you a little info about oyster mushrooms.

Oyster mushrooms have been used for thousands of years as a culinary and medicinal ingredient. The white mushrooms resemble oysters, and can be found growing in the wild on dead trees or fallen logs. They have a rich history in traditional Chinese medicine from as early as 3,000 years ago, particularly as a tonic for the immune system, according to acupuncturist Christopher Hobbs, author of “Medicinal Mushrooms.”

Antioxidant Effects
Oyster mushrooms contain ergothioneine, a unique antioxidant exclusively produced by fungi, according to a 2010 study led by Penn State food scientist Joy Dubost. The study found that oyster mushrooms have significant antioxidant properties that protect cells in the body. A 3 oz. serving of oyster mushrooms contains 13 milligrams of ergothioneine, and cooking the mushrooms does not reduce this level.

Nutritional Value
There are 42 calories in one cup of oyster mushrooms, making them a low-calorie addition to any meal. Oyster mushrooms are also high in nutrients. According to a study published in “Food Chemistry,” oyster mushrooms contain significant levels of zinc, iron, potassium, calcium, phosphorus, vitamin C, folic acid, niacin, and vitamins B-1 and B-2. The study concluded that consuming oyster mushrooms as part of a healthy diet contributes to recommended nutritional requirements.

Source here.

If you’re tired of serving pork, oyster mushrooms are a great alternative then. A much healthier one! You will get the same taste anyway because of the seasoning mix. I did not disclose to my kids that what they had were mushrooms. That was the secret of it! And you can choose to keep that secret forever with Porksavor™ All-in-One Seasoning MixTrust me, it’s not salty! Suave as how, we, Pinoys, would say it!!

Couldn’t wait to share this with my friends, too, the next time we get together with booze!

ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Blogger since 2007 | Home-based Marketing Assistant | WAHM | Ex-OFW | Music enthusiast | Cactus and Succulent Hobbyist | A 41 y/o mom of two lovely girls sharing her adventures as she walks through motherhood and having to do most things on her own while her Indian national husband works miles away from home.

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