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braised Chinese shiitake mushrooms served on lettuce

Braised Chinese Mushrooms

Braised Chinese Mushroom is a traditional Chinese cuisine especially during Chinese New Year or special banquets like traditional Chinese weddings. Also, dried Chinese Shiitake mushrooms are the best to braise with oyster sauce and serve with lettuce. 
Course Main Course, Side Dish
Cuisine Asian, Chinese
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
resting time 3 hours
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 8
Calories 36kcal
Author Tracy O.


  • 12 Dried Chinese mushrooms (Medium-large sized)
  • 1 head Lettuce Small
  • 4 slices Ginger
  • 4 cloves Garlic
  • 1 teaspoon Vegetable oil


  • 4 tablespoons Oyster sauce
  • 1 tablespoon Brown sugar
  • teaspoon Salt
  • 1 cup Water

For boiling the lettuce:

  • 1 teaspoon Vegetable oil
  • teaspoon Salt


  • Put 12 medium-large sized dried Chinese shiitake mushrooms into the bowl. 
  • Wash and soak the dried Chinese shiitake mushrooms for 2-5 hours until its soft. 
  • After soaking the mushrooms, drain the water and squeeze excess water. 
  • Plug in and turn on the instant pot. Then, press the sauté button, pour 1 teaspoon of vegetable oil, 4 slices of ginger and 4 cloves of garlic. After that, stir fry a little bit. 
  • After that, add the soaked mushrooms. (Remember to squeeze the mushrooms to remove excess water.) Next, add 4 tablespoons of oyster sauce, ⅛ teaspoon of salt, 1 tablespoon of brown sugar, 1 cup of water and mix it well. Close the lid and vent, push the manual button to adjust time 20 minutes at high pressure and naturally release the pressure.
  • While waiting the mushrooms, boil some water in a pot. Then, add ⅛ teaspoon of salt and 1 teaspoon of vegetable oil into the water. 
  • Wash and cut the lettuce into half. 
  • Until the water is boiling, put the lettuce into the boiling water. Make sure the lettuce is completely immersed into the water, then remove it quickly. (Remember don't over cook lettuce.)
  • The following step, put the cooked lettuce on a plate.
  • When the braised mushrooms are ready, put the mushrooms over the lettuce and ready to serve.



Cooking tips for how to braise Chinese mushrooms: 

  • Choosing good quality (thicker and have fragrance) dried Chinese mushrooms is important for a tasty braised mushrooms dish.
  • Before cooking the mushrooms, they need to be washed and soaked in water. Normally, it takes about 2-5 hours until the mushrooms are soft.
  • Do not soak the mushrooms too long, neither use too hot nor too cold water to soak them because it will lose its fragrance. 
  • The best is to soak mushrooms at room temperature water.
  • I don’t suggest using the soaked mushrooms water to cook because it may have sand or bugs.
  • Remember to squeeze the mushrooms to remove excess water.
  • Classic Cantonese style braised Chinese mushrooms dish often served with lettuce. Thus, remember don't over boil lettuce, just put them in boiling water and quickly put them on a plate.


Serving: 8g | Calories: 36kcal | Carbohydrates: 6g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 328mg | Potassium: 129mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 338IU | Vitamin C: 2mg | Calcium: 18mg | Iron: 1mg