Wood Ear Mushroom Salad
Tips: Chili-bean sauce is a spicy, salty condiment made from chiles, fermented broad beans, soybeans, rice or wheat and spices. It's used extensively in Sichuan cooking. Sambal oelek, a mix of chiles, brown sugar and salt, is a reasonable substitute.
Dark soy sauce (sometimes called black soy sauce) is thicker than regular soy sauce, with a touch of sweetness. Thick soy sauce is similar, but gets a stickier texture and its sweetness from molasses. In a pinch combine equal parts regular soy sauce and molasses as an alternate for either.
Black vinegar (chingkiang) has a rich, smoky flavor. Balsamic or sherry vinegars can be used as a swap.
To make ahead: Refrigerate for up to 2 days.
1 fat, 1/2 vegetable