you know you've been in japan too long when...

instead of "yes" or "yeah" you start saying "yes yes yes".

today I have for you a simple and delicious mushroom gravy recipe! full of umami!

you will need
  • Mushrooms of your choice (I used 6-7 shiitake and 1/2 a bunch of shimeji but shiitake and enoki would also be good)
  • about 2 tbsp of oil, or enough to generously fry the mushrooms in
  • about 1 tbsp of pastry flour
  • about 2 tbsp of soy sauce, more or less (your preference)
  • half a cup of hot water--add to taste
1. Chop mushrooms as finely or as coarsely as you would like and fry in the oil until soft.
2. There should be oil left in the pan, so if there isn't add some more, and then sprinkle on the flour and mix well. Add the soy sauce and a bit of water soon after. Stir constantly until the sauce reaches a smooth consistency
3. Add more water, stir, and simmer until the sauce reaches the desired thickness and flavour
4. If you want it richer or thicker, add more flour or oil.
here is my creation: with coarsely chopped mushrooms. 
you could also try chopping them finely or blending them into a paste for a very meaty gravy. you would probably need to add more water.
serve with anything!

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