24 oz dried noodles of your choice
2 handfuls dried lily flowers (2 c once rehydrated)
10 dried shiitake mushrooms (2 c once rehydrated)
1 small handful dried woodear mushrooms (2 c once rehydrated)
Gently rinse the dried lily flowers with tap water. Transfer to a big bowl and add 4 c hot water. Rehydrate until tender, about 1 hour. Then remove tough ends of rehydrated lily flowers. Transfer 2 c marinating water to another bowl without any of the solids that may have settled on the bottom. Set aside. Gently rinse dried shiitake mushrooms with tap water. Add mushrooms and 2 c hot water to a big bowl. Rehydrate until tender, about 1 hour. Then drain and slice the mushrooms. Add woodear mushrooms to a small bowl and add hot water to cover. Let rehydrate for 1 hour. When woodear mushrooms turn soft, gently rinse, drain and set aside.
1 lb shrimp, peeled and deveined
12 oz pork tenderloin, thinly sliced
2 T Shaoxing wine (or dry sherry), divided
4 t cornstarch divided
3/4 t salt, divided
Combine shrimp, 1 T Shaoxing wine, 1/4 t salt, and 2 t cornstarch in a small bowl. Mix well by hand and marinate for 15 min. Combine pork, 1 T Shaoxing wine, 1/2 t salt and 2 t cornstarch in a small bowl. Mix well by hand and marinate for 15 min. Chop and prepare the other vegetables. Combine the the 1/4 c cornstarch with 1/2 c water in a bowl. Mix well and set aside.
2 T vegetable oil
1 28 oz can chopped tomato
4 green onions, chopped
1 T minced ginger
4 c chicken stock
2 T soy sauce
1 t salt or to taste
2 T oyster sauce (opt)
1/4 c cornstarch
1 T toasted sesame oil or homemade chili oil (opt)
Heat oil in a 5 1/2 qt dutch oven over medium heat until hot. Add lily flowers, shiitake mushrooms and woodear mushrooms. Stir and cook for 1 min. Add green onion and ginger. Stir a few times until fragrant. Add canned tomato, stir and cook for 1 min. Add the 2 c marinating water from the lily flowers, chicken stock, soy sauce and salt. Bring to a boil over medium high heat, stirring constantly. Turn to medium low heat and simmer for 15 min. Add shrimp. Stir and cook until the shrimp turn white, 1 – 2 min. Add pork. Stir and cook until just cooked through, 1 – 2 min. Whisk the cornstarch water again and swirl in half of it. Stir until fully incorporated. Slowly add the rest of the cornstarch water and stir until the gravy reaches the desired thickness (you will have some slurry left if you prefer a thinner gravy). Taste the sauce and add more salt if needed. Drizzle with sesame oil or homemade chili oil to finish up, if using. The sauce should be slightly salty by itself. Remove the pot from your stove and cover to keep hot. Cook noodles according to instructions. Drain and transfer to each serving plate. Serve the sauce hot over the noodles. Note: Wide, thick noodles made with wheat flour work the best. If you want the meal to be extra fancy, you can make hand pulled noodles. Can use some oyster sauce to add more flavor and sweetness. If you do not have a bottle of it on hand, use 1 T soy sauce and 2 t sugar instead. Not all lily flowers have tough ends. Depending on the quality of your flowers, you might not need this step. Feel the end of the flower with your hand. If there is a thin, tough, woody stick (less than 1/2″), snip it off and discard it.