I used to love eating this stuff at the food court when I was busy being a teenager hanging out at the mall. Yes, I went through that phase too. It has such a smoky, earthy flavor which comes from being cooked in a claypot over a charcoal fire. Now you might be wondering what’s the deal with the title, especially the sans claypot part. Well it kinda sucks, but I’m just trying to make do with what I have. It almost tastes the same. If you have a claypot, good for you. If not, be like me and do it in a rice cooker. If you don’t have a rice cooker, do it over the stove!
Anyway, I may have found a decent place to buy claypots, I just haven’t gotten around to doing it yet. Back to the recipe, I used dry shiitake mushrooms but you can use fresh ones as well. Another alternative would be to use portobello or oyster mushrooms. Mushrooms. Yum. Regardless of what mushrooms you use, the flavor by itself is enough to make you think of the good old mall days. Okay, that’s just me. Maybe you have a memory of your own. If not, create one!