Pork with Cloud Ear Mushrooms
Eileen Yin-Fei Lo teaches Chinese cooking at the China Institute in New York City and writes extensively on Chinese cuisine. This dish reminds her of her childhood in Canton, where her mother gathered cloud ear mushrooms and lily buds from the family garden.Plus: More Pork Recipes and Tips
Cloud ear mushrooms, lily buds, Shao-Hsing wine and oyster sauce are available at Asian markets.
The mildness of pork allows it to pair with either substantial whites or light reds, but the soy, ginger and oyster sauce in this recipe suggest a full-bodied white with enough ripe, fruity flavors to balance the savory elements of the dish. The hints of melon and vanilla in an oak-aged California Chardonnay would be ideal.