These soy-and-sherry-marinated dried mushrooms—based on a side dish served at Momofuku Noodle Bar, in New York City—taste great sliced and served on grilled steaks.
Yield: makes About 6 Cups
- 4 cups dried shiitake mushrooms (about 1⁄3 oz.), stemmed
- 1 cup light or dark soy sauce
- 1 cup sherry vinegar
- 3⁄4 cup sugar
- 2 3" pieces fresh ginger, peeled
- Put mushrooms into a medium bowl, cover with 5 cups boiling water, and press mushrooms down with a plate to keep them submerged. Let steep for 15 minutes. Strain mushrooms through a sieve set over a medium bowl, reserving 2 cups liquid.
- Combine mushrooms, reserved liquid, soy sauce, vinegar, sugar, and ginger in a 4-qt. saucepan; bring to a boil over medium-high heat. Reduce heat to medium-low and simmer, stirring occasionally, about 30 minutes. Remove pan from heat; let cool. Transfer ingredients to a 1 1⁄2-qt. container, cover, and refrigerate for up to 2 weeks.