1Preheat the oven to 200°C conventional, or 180°C fan-forced. Lightly oil a casserole dish with a lid.
2Brush the mushrooms free of dirt. Slice the button mushrooms and set aside. Cut or tear the fresh mixed mushrooms into bite-sized pieces, keeping the different varieties separate, so they can be added to the hot pot at different stages to maintain their unique textures. (We'll be adding the sturdier ones first, and saving the more delicate enoki and oyster mushrooms until the end, so keeping them all separate will make this simpler.)
3Mix the cornflour to a smooth paste with some of the vegetable stock in a bowl. Add the remaining vegetable stock, then stir in the hoisin and soy sauces until well combined. Set aside.
4In a large saucepan, gently heat the olive and sesame oils over medium heat. Add the garlic and Chinese five-spice and stir for about 20 seconds, until aromatic.
5Now add the button mushrooms, and any fresh shiitake, and stir to coat with the garlicky oil. After about 5 minutes, when they've softened slightly, add any shimeji mushrooms or black fungus, and any tinned straw mushrooms. Cook, stirring frequently, for 1 minute.
6Give the vegetable stock mixture a quick stir, then pour over the mushrooms, stirring constantly. Bring the mixture to a low boil, stirring constantly for 3–4 minutes, until the sauce has thickened slightly.
7Stir in any oyster mushrooms, and the wakame, if using. Pour the mixture into your casserole dish. Arrange any enoki mushrooms on top, and the silken tofu, if using, poking the cubes down into the hot pot slightly.
8Pop the lid on, transfer to the oven and bake for 20 minutes. Check to see if the mushrooms are cooked to your liking; add a little more vegetable stock or water if the hot pot looks a little dry. Cover and bake for a further 10–15 minutes, if required.
9Remove from the oven and leave to sit for 10 minutes. Garnish with coriander or spring onions (or both!) and serve with steamed rice, quinoa or millet.
Tip: Wakame is a nutrient-rich seaweed, available in a dried form from some supermarkets and most health food stores. It's worth tracking down to add a burst of briny flavour and minerals to this dish.
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