Galloping Horses - Vegetarian Version
whole or ground
fresh, thinly sliced
soy sauce, tamari
red chili peppers
seeded and cut into slivers
Using a blender or mortar and pestle, blend the garlic, cilantro roots, sake and peppercorns into a paste.
Add the vegetable oil to a skillet over medium heat.
Add the paste and stir-fry until the aroma is released, a few seconds.
Add the shiitake and stir-fry until cooked.
Add all the seasonings and fry until the sugar is blended into the mixture.
Remove from the heat and let cool.
Slice pineapple into ½ inch thick rings and then cut the rings into ½ X 1½ inch chunks.
Put a small amount of the cooled stir-fry mixture on each pineapple chunk.
Decorate each "horse" with a few slivers of chili and a cilantro leaf.
VARIATION: Replace the pineapple with either navel oranges or firm avocado slices.