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    Shiitake Mushrooms

    Thu May 02, 2013 8:45 am
    Forum Host

    Fresh and dried shiitake have many uses in the cuisines of East Asia. In Chinese cuisine, they are often sauteed in vegetarian dishes such as Buddha's delight. In Japan, they are served in miso soup, used as the basis for a kind of vegetarian dashi, and also as an ingredient in many steamed and simmered dishes. In Thailand, they may be served either fried or steamed.

    Adding sliced mushrooms to stir fry vegetables adds a delicious taste and texture as well!

    In a hurry? Soak the dried mushrooms in hot water for 15 – 30 minutes.
    Got more time? Using cold water helps the dried mushrooms retain more flavor. However, you will need to soak them for 1 – 2 hours or, even better, overnight. I always use a small casserole dish to soak them and
    invert the lid which pushes them down into the water.

    Squeeze the excess water out of the mushrooms. Cut off the stems and thinly slice the mushrooms

    The liquid from soaking the dried mushrooms can be used to enhance the flavor of soup or braising liquid, or added to stir-frying vegetables to prevent them from drying out. It also makes a great vegetarian/vegan friendly substitute for chicken stock in recipes.

    Stir Fry Vegetables

    After stir frying all you have to add is some soya sauce, a half cup of vegetable stock, a few dashes of sesame oil, along with a teaspoon or two of cornflour mixed with a dessert spoon of water to thickenit, serve with plain noodles - delicious.

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    Shiitake mushrooms are also added with many dishes that include meat - here are a few examples

    Pork Strips With Shiitake Mushrooms
    Slow-Cooker Meat Loaf With Shiitake Mushrooms
    Fried Rice With Shrimp, Pork, Shiitake Mushrooms
    Seared Rib-Eye Steak, Sauteed Shallots & Shiitake Mushrooms

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    Thu May 02, 2013 3:33 pm Groupie
    Tue May 07, 2013 1:14 pm Groupie
    Here's a slightly different use for them:

    Vegetarian Fish Sauce Substitute
    Wed May 15, 2013 8:46 am
    Forum Host
    Have saved the Mushroom linguini thanks Parsley - also Chocolatil that recipe looks great
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