I filmed and turned Hutao’s trailer into a recipe video for her dish, Ghostly March. You can see the full video below:
Sadly, no history or interesting stories about today’s dish.
Vegetarian Abalone/Ghostly March
- 200 g Oyster mushroom
- 380 g Bailing mushroom
- Broccoli optional
- 9+7 Cherry tomatoes whole
- Carrot cut into small sticks for ghost eyes and 1 flower
- 5 slices ginger
- 2 Tbsp Oil for frying
- 3 Tbsp Vegetarian Oyster sauce
- 2 tsp Soy Sauce I used light soy sauce
- 1/2 tsp pepper white preferred, I used black
- 1 tsp Sugar
- 1 Tbsp Cooking wine Shaoxing
- 1 tsp Rice vinegar
- 1 1/2 cup water adjust according to consistency
- Cornstarch slurry 1 tbsp cornstarch + 1 tbp water
- 1 tsp sesame oil
- Pan fry sliced mushrooms.
- When mushrooms are browned, put in sauce ingredients.
- Simmer 10-15 minutes.
- Add in cornstarch slurry and sesame oil.
- Plate. Carrots form the eyes and flower. Cherry tomatoes form the mouth andsurrounding. Oyster mushrooms the yellowish things around.
- Photoshop ghost into picture.
- Profit from social media.
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Can I use other mushrooms?
Vegetarian Abalone is usually served with Broccoli, just like the in-game pic, so you can boil some broccoli instead of using as many mushrooms as I did. As the name states, it uses a mushroom that looks like abalone.
Usually, that would be Bailing mushroom, which looks a lot like abalone when sliced.
Sometimes other mushrooms like King Oyster mushrooms are used, especially since fresh Bailing might be quite difficult to find. Even if you use other mushrooms like Shiitake, the recipe will still turn out fine, though it’s not technically vegetarian abalone. The main difference would be in the texture.
And yes, the mushroom names don’t make much sense. Oyster mushrooms are different from King oyster mushrooms and abalone mushrooms is not the mushroom that looks like abalone.
Oyster Mushroom as the yellow thing
I also added some oyster mushrooms because it looks like the yellow things in the in game picture.
The White Thing
I wanted to try making this ghost thing with real food. Though obviously from the result you can tell that I simply resorted to cheating with Photoshop.
At first, I thought of using things like a clear potato chip using potato starch, or an ice balloon or soy lecithin. Either way, the challenge would be to make the thing float while also maintaining some kind of gradient to look ghosty.
I settled on using agar since that was what I had, but the jelly wasn’t stable enough and collapsed. Then my 2nd try was to attempt a blue screen with a flat sheet of agar. Which is half cheating, but at least the “ghosty colour” will look more realistic.
Yeah well I failed that too since it didn’t look great in practice.
So, photoshop. Just draw the ghost shape, make feather around the edges, then put a gradient and set one end to 0% and we get a ghost.
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