Asparagus, Ham and Mushroom Stir Fry

Do you have lots of leftover ham and don’t know what to do with it? Well let me share a recipe that let you use that leftover ham in a different way, an Asian inspired stir fry dish made out of asparagus and straw mushrooms.  Since this is a free style dish I can’t tell you about its history but let me tell you something about the mushrooms I used.

“Straw mushrooms” or “Paddy straw mushroom” also called “Volvariella volvacea” is a type of mushroom popular in East and Southeast Asia, you see this a lot on Chinese dishes and it is that shiny greyish mushroom commonly present on stir fry dishes. These mushrooms are so uncommon outside of Asia hence you will only find these in cans or dried in vacuum sealed packs. These mushrooms look like young death caps the only difference is the spore print where it appears as pink for Straw mushrooms and white for the poisonous ones. Due to this fact it is a common mistake to distinguish one from the other and this mistake is the leading cause of lethal mushroom poisoning in the United States.

I love this mushroom it has that unique texture and subtle flavour when cooked, it is good for stir fries with lots of sauce. Had you tried this mushroom?

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Asparagus, Ham and Mushroom Stir Fry

Asparagus, Ham and Mushroom Stir Fry

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  • Author: Raymund
  • Prep Time: 15 mins
  • Cook Time: 10 mins
  • Total Time: 25 mins
  • Yield: 3 1x
  • Category: Main Course
  • Cuisine: Freestyle


Asparagus, Ham and Mushroom Stir Fry is a Freestyle simple dish of stir fried asparagus, straw mushrooms and leftover ham


  • 1 bunch asparagus spears, cut into 2 inch pieces
  • 1 cup straw mushrooms, cut in half
  • 1/2 cup sliced ham
  • 1 cup beef stock
  • 2 tbsp Chinese cooking wine
  • 2 tsp cornstarch diluted in 1/4 cup water
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/2 tsp ginger paste
  • 1 tsp sesame oil
  • 1/2 tsp sugar
  • salt
  • peanut oil


  1. Prepare a really hot wok; add peanut oil then sauté garlic and ginger.
  2. Add ham, asparagus and mushrooms and stir fry in high heat for 2 minutes.
  3. Pour beef stock, cooking wine, sugar and cornstarch mixture bring to a boil then simmer in high heat for 1 minute.
  4. Season with salt and sesame oil. Serve while hot.


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  1. Different dish !! I was wondering what the meaning of Ham ..never knew that its pork .. thx for the info ..

  2. Lovely combo Raymund and btw, I am not sure whether the mushroom is spelled as stated the way it is in your recipe or its a typo error.

  3. In the tradition of good stir-fries, it’s both colorful and delicious looking, and is no doubt also pretty healthful. Yum. 🙂

  4. ceciliag says:

    Oh I miss asparagus, we won’t get any until the spring, though i have 500 plants!! But I love stir fries! Good idea! c

  5. I love stir fry! I just got a wok for Christmas and will be sure to come back to your blog to get some inspiration!

  6. Kristy says:

    I just so happen to have a lot of leftover ham…great recipe Raymund!

  7. meri says:

    Mmm I love mushrooms! I had some yesterday that were grown by my mother in law from a package of coffee grounds. It was so neat!

  8. I have been wanting to do a stir fry for the longest time – this is perfect!
    🙂 Mandy

  9. yeah, straw and button mushrooms is what i usually found in the local groceries.. i heard that one needs to go with expert if you are going to pick your own mushrooms from the fields.

  10. foodjaunts says:

    That dish looks delicious! I’m assuming I’ve probably eaten straw mushrooms at some point but just never knew. I always end up using shiitake or cloud ear because it’s what I can get.

  11. Gerry Renollet says:

    Aside from being a very tasty vegetable, asparagus is also a good source of vitamin B complex group. ‘“`:

    Many thanks“>

  12. Reita Fakhouri says:

    One more benefit of asparagus: It contains high levels of the amino acid asparagine, which serves as a natural diuretic, and increased urination not only releases fluid but helps rid the body of excess salts. This is especially beneficial for people who suffer from edema (an accumulation of fluids in the body’s tissues) and those who have high blood pressure or other heart-related diseases. ”

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