Ben and Mike make a delicious vegetarian noodle dish made from wild mushrooms, and the guys contemplate what really makes a mushroom "wild".
125 milliliters vegetable stock
4 tablespoons soy sauce
300 grams tenderstem broccoli
200 grams soya beans
500 grams udon noodles, fresh
2 tablespoons butter, stirred with a little warm water
250 grams large shitake mushrooms
400 milliliters sparkling water, kept ice cold
1 handful(s) fresh coriander, chopped
2 spring onions, sliced
1 liter groundnut oil to fry
1 chunk ginger
2 cloves garlic
2 red chillies
250 grams mixed wild mushrooms
200 grams plain flour
1 tablespoon tomato purée
250 milliliters red wine
2 tablespoons mirin
Peel then finely chop the onions, ginger and garlic. Deseed and chop the chillies. Take a handful of the mushrooms and roughly chop.
Heat a shot of oil in a saucepan and chuck in half of the onions, garlic, ginger and chilli with the chopped mushrooms. Stir in a tablespoon of flour and the tomato purée.
Pour in the red wine and let it bubble for a few minutes before adding the stock and 2 tablespoons of soy sauce. Simmer the broth for 20 minutes then strain.
Prepare the wild mushrooms by cutting into bite-sized chunks. Blanch the broccoli for about 3 minutes in boiling salted water. Heat another glug of oil in a wok and chuck in the remaining wild mushrooms (not the shitakes), the soya beans and the blanched broccoli.
Fry over a high heat for a few minutes, then add the other half of the onion, ginger, garlic and chilli. Chuck in the noodles and stir in the peanut butter and remaining soy sauce.
Preheat a fryer to 180°C, or carefully heat some oil in a saucepan (never leave it unattended).
Combine the sparkling water with the flour and a good pinch of salt. Dip the shitake mushrooms in the batter then place them in the fryer oil. Fry for 2-3 minutes until crisp and golden.
Serve the noodles in a bowl with the crispy mushrooms on the side and a jug of the hot strained broth. Scatter the fresh coriander and sliced spring onions over everything and let people help themselves.