I’ve been playing around with Japanese mushrooms lately, having received a big box of them from Hokto Kinoko (read LA Times article on them) Look at these babies! From left to right, these are White Beech Mushrooms (Bunapi Shimeji), Brown Beech Mushrooms (Buna Shimeji), Maitake Mushrooms and King Trumpet Mushrooms (Eryngii)
These are organic and grown in the United States (the ones sold in US are grown in California) and even cultivated on recyclable material with no chemicals or additives. Japanese mushroom farm at Hokto Kinoko:
I got that massive package of Japanese mushrooms two days before I was to leave on vacation and was scrambling to cook as many dishes as possible for the blog, totally stressing that these mushrooms wouldn’t last in the refrigerator for a week until I returned. Then I found out that as long as they stay in their packaging, unopened, they’ll last 6 weeks. Whew. So I still have a few packs left in the fridge. I will be adding mushroom recipes all week long.
About Japanese Mushrooms
I took some time to give each mushroom variety a glamor shot – these were really fun to photograph. I hope you enjoy them!
Japanese Brown Beech Mushroom
Shimeji Mushroom is the third most popular mushroom in Japan, after shitake and enoki. They are called “beech mushrooms” because they often grow on fallen beech trees. These have a white base and cracked, speckled brown caps white are so very pretty. Surprisingly, they have no aroma! But their texture once cooked is smooth, crunchy. Shimeji mushrooms are buttery and nutty. You must cook Shimeji mushrooms, do not eat raw. Perfect to pair with noodles! The first recipe below is my Japanese Noodles with Shimeji Mushrooms Recipe.
Shimeji Mushroom Recipes
Vegetarian Japanese Shimeji Mushroom Omelet
15 Minute Japanese Mushroom Flatbread
15 Minute Udon Miso Noodle Soup with Japanese Shimeji Mushrooms
Japanese Noodles with Shimeji Mushrooms Recipe
Halibut and Shimeji Mushroom in Parchment Recipe
Truffled Potatoes with Shimeji Recipe
Shimeji Mushrooms with Aburage Miso Soup Recipe
Mum’s Yaki Udon with Shimeji Recipe
Fried Tofu Stuffed with Shimeji Recipe
Seared Scallops in Spicy Cream Sauce with Buna Shimeji Mushrooms Recipe
Ramen with Salmon and Shimeji Mushrooms Recipe
Steak with Shimeji Mushrooms Recipe
Japanese Bunapi Shimeji Mushroom
These are called “white beech mushrooms” and “Bunapi” is actually a Hokuto trademark – they bred this particular mushroom from the Buna Shimeji (above) for its smooth, ivory color. It tastes very similar to the Buna Shimeji, and any recipe above will work for Bunapi.
Japanese Maitake Mushroom
According to Kimiko Barber, in Japanese, these mushrooms are called “dancing mushrooms.” When these mushrooms move in a gentle breeze, they resemble coral dancing in the current. It’s scientific name is Grifola frondosa and also known as Hen of the Woods. It’s a sturdy mushroom and holds its shape in a quick stir-fry and very pretty in soups with its swirls and curls floating. The taste is rich, earthy, woodsy and its texture is crisp/firm.
Maitake Mushroom Recipes:
Warm Maitake Pasta with Citrus Soy Dressing
Maitake Mushroom Chawan Mushi Recipe
Beer Battered Maitake Mushroom With Japanese Tartar Sauce Recipe
Maitake Sea Bass Recipe
Maitake Mushroom & Asparagus Stir Fry Recipe
Maitake and Beech Mushrooms with Simmered Tofu on Sesame Rice Recipe
Japanese King Trumpet (Eryngii) Mushroom
These are my favorite Japanese mushrooms, I love their hearty, meaty texture and sometimes I even use these mushrooms as a meat substitute. I like to slice these mushrooms into 1/4-inch slices and then pan fry them with a little butter, mirin and soy. (I’ll post a recipe up later this week)
King Trumpet mushrooms are sweet, mild and buttery. Its stem is thick, robust and the Eryngii is related to the common Oyster Mushroom. In fact, sometimes, they are known as King Oyster Mushrooms. The ones shown here are about 3 to 4-inches tall and its base is 3/4-inch in diameter. Big boys!
Ian Garrone shows you in a short video clip what to look for when buying King Trumpet mushrooms. He also says their taste is similar to abalone – and I totally agree!
King Trumpet Mushroom Recipes
Teriyaki Mushroom Sauce with Grilled Salmon
10-Minute Shrimp and Mushroom Thai Curry
Arctic Char with King Trumpet Mushrooms and Lemon Butter Sauce Recipe
Roasted King Trumpet Mushrooms Recipe
Breaded Curried King Trumpet Mushroom Recipe
Braised Chicken with King Trumpets Recipe
King Oyster Mushroom Stirfry Recipe
Roasted King Trumpet Mushroom Recipe