It’s actually very easy to make, don’t get put off by the length of the instructions or ingredients. It’s super easy, I just wanted to be very explicit for everyone.
End to end – this should take a little under an hour total.
The pepper, vinegar and soy sauce/salt (basically representing spicy, sour and salty) flavors are really to your personal tastes. So play with various combinations to find the balance you like.
Wood Ear preparation – It’s an Asian mushroom and typically sold dried in Asian markets and I’ve seen it fresh at Whole Foods sometimes too.
If using dried wood ear – you need to reconstitute before cooking. Add 1-2 cups of hot water to dried wood ear. It will only take 10-15 minutes to hydrate and will become much bigger. Once hydrated, squeeze out excess water and pick through the wood ear to remove any hard pieces, just pinch and discard.
If using fresh wood ear, just rinse and pick through and remove any hard pieces.