Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Mushroom Ravioli




Mushroom has been a much-loved natural food since time immemorial. Wonderful, highly versatile and enjoyed by almost everyone, it is often forgotten that mushrooms are fungi. Technically, mushrooms are the fleshy, spore-bearing fruiting body of a fungus typically produced above ground.

Most mushrooms that are sold in supermarkets have been commercially grown on mushroom farms. The most popular of these is called field mushrooms that come as brown or white caps on thick stalks. Other cultivated species now available at supermarkets include shiitake, maitake, oyster and enoki.

In Asian cooking, we are most familiar with the dried, dark brown or black mushroom caps that come in many varieties and mushroom caps with large fissures are deemed to augur well for prosperity and are called Flower Mushrooms.

I love mushrooms for their taste and texture and their chameleon ability to complement anything they are cooked with. Boil, bake, steam, fry or pickle them, mushrooms give a nudge to other ingredients without stealing too much of their thunder.

When I was thinking what mushroom dish to cook for this month's Little Thumbs Up event, wife suggested to make mushroom ravioli. I was reluctant initially as making ravioli could be time-consuming although not difficult. But seeing everyone enjoying the mushroom pasta, I felt that it was definitely worth the effort after all.

I used the recipe from Steve's Cooking. Watch video below for the step-by-step illustration. Enjoy!


















I am submitting this post to the event, Little Thumbs up organised by Doreen from my little favourite DIY and Zoe from Bake for Happy Kids.

The theme for this month's event is Mushroom and is hosted by Joyce from Kitchen Flavours, at this post.


43 comments:

  1. Hi Alvin,
    Wow, your mushroom ravioli looks so delicious! Hats off to you for making ravioli from scratch, something that is still on my list of to-do, a long list! Your family are so lucky, that daddy is such a wonderful home chef!
    Thank you for linking to LTU!
    Hope you have a wonderful and delicious week!

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    1. Thanks Joyce! Making ravioli is actually not that difficult, it just needs time and patience... lots of love! But the texture you get from all the kneading and rolling at home is much superior than those pasta you buy off the rack.

      Plus, I actually do not have a pasta machine at home... everything was done using hand and rolling pin!

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  2. I've never had any good ravioli since i got back from australia, so sad. I should have dropped by when you make these gorgeous babies :p

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    1. Sure Esther! That's not too difficult! :D

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  3. Chef Alvin!! Your mushroom ravioli looks so so so delicious!!

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  4. Alvin , that is one of the prettiest ravioli I've seen so far ;D Beautifully-presented and I bet it taste divine as well ! Two thumbs ups though I'm planning to give you 3 but ..... lol

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    1. Haha... Anne, Anything homemade would be nice!

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  5. just watched d video.. doesnt look too complicated to make..but if i make, sure very messy one..the sauce do sound delicious! so are your mushroom 'wanton' ..very nice!

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    1. Hi Lena! It is not too difficult indeed. Oh yes... Italian 'wanton'! :D

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  6. Hi Alvin, your mushroom ravioli looks gorgeous. I wish to make this for my family too :)

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  7. Oooooo....slurps!!! Mushrooms! Pasta! My girl would love this so very much. Yum! Yum!

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  8. Alvin, your mushroom ravioli is beautiful!

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  9. Wow! That looks delicious! I have tried ravioli in an Italian restaurant and loved it instantly! Making your own would be so much more satisfying! Plus cheaper too!

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    1. Oh yes, Jeannie! Sooooo much cheaper! A plate like this will cost S$20+ easily in the restaurants. My total ingredient cost to make this for my whole family is less than S$10 plus lots of love! :D

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  10. Wah Alvin, even your prep photos look so nice! You arranged them all nicely, I am guessing you must be a very neat person! Your ravioli looks lovely, I would definitely love a plate of this.

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    1. Thanks Yen! I'm sure you can make this too!

      Neat?! Wait till you hear the complaints from my wife about the kitchen when I cook! LOL!

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  11. I need to try to make ravioli again...your beautiful mushroom version is making my mouth water!!!

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  12. Hi Alvin, nice plating....very classy and elegant like 5 stars. You're excellent. Great to have a 'Godson' like you. LOL

    Have a great week ahead.

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  13. I was drooling over this dish when I was checking your Instagram! Beautiful and it must be so good! I need to make it from scratch one day. You continue to inspire me! Absolutely love your step by step pictures... <3

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    1. Thanks Nami! It's a great compliment when I know that I'm in turn inspiring someone who inspires me in the first place! (I know it's kind of complicated... Haha)

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  14. Hi Chef, this is a mouth-watering dish and to make the ravioli from scratch.. thumbs up!

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  15. This looks fantastic! I love mushrooms so much, but I don't know anyone else who does. Maybe if I make this for them they will change their opinion!

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    1. Hi Cathleen! Thanks for dropping by!

      That's strange! Most of the people I know love mushrooms! :D

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  16. Bro, Thanks for sharing this recipe, I just bought a ravioli cutter from recent Italy trip, time for me to try this out.

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    1. Hey A-Chi, I bought one of those cutter long time ago but find the ravioli too small for my liking. Hope you got a bigger one!

      Share with us your pics ok?

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  17. Love Steve...and love the homemade ravioli skins...I would adore sitting down to a plate of this by candlelight this weekend!

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    1. Hi Angela! Is the special one reading this too? :D

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  18. Love the pictures...even the pics of the raw ravioli is making me hungry!! The mushrooms look delicious, I could have a whole bowl of it on its own :)

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  19. I absolutely adore the pictures on your blog. I wished I could do that but I'm just a camera noob who prefers using her iPhone.

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    1. Haha... I consider amateurish when it comes to photography... there are so many bloggers who can shoot much better than me! :D

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  20. Waaah! This looks like it was made for me! So sad that I'm the only one at home who LOVES mushrooms. Btw, I really like the photo of your pasta dough ball. Nice composition and light. Love the dent on the top of the dough and the flour everywhere. haha. I've been told I'm strange ;)

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    1. No Denise, you are not and you are not alone! I have this thing for dough too... when I knead, I can feel as if it is a living thing... kneading and rolling provides the interaction and connection... trust me, it responds! :D

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  21. OH wow! LOVE this dish , look so inviting! YUM! ;)

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  22. Hi Alvin,

    Your mushroom ravioli look wonderful. You must include this dish in the menu in your dream restaurant :D

    Zoe

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