If you have tried Japanese cuisine, then you know how important mushrooms are in our traditional dishes. From earthy shiitake to delicate maitake, they add such a delicious flavor and nutrition to the Japanese cuisine.
Shiitake mushrooms, for example, are one of the most popular mushrooms in Japan. They have a rich, meaty flavor and a dense, chewy texture that makes them a hit in soups, stews, and stir-fries. I like shiitake mushrooms sauteed with butter. I simply season them with salt and pepper. They are so full of flavor!
Maitake mushrooms, also known as “dancing mushrooms”, have a unique appearance that resembles a bouquet of leaves. With their delicate texture and rich, nutty flavor, they are perfect in salads, grilled dishes, and soups. I love maitake tempura!
If you’re a fan of crunchy textures, then you'll love enokitake mushrooms. These small, delicate mushrooms have a mild, slightly sweet flavor. It’s a must ingredience when you have hot pot. You can also stir-fry it or have them in salad and soups.
Nameko mushrooms are another must-try. They have a nutty flavor and a unique slippery texture that makes them a staple in miso soup. (Nameko mushrooms are definitely my number one ingredients in miso soup!)
So there you have it. From shiitake to nameko mushrooms, these versatile ingredients that offer both flavor and nutrition.
Oh, and there is of course, the King of Japanese Masurooms, matsutake! We cannot forget about it. Read the blog post I wrote in September last year: Matsutake Mushrooms: The most expensive mushrooms from Japan
Have you ever had any of these mushrooms? They are becoming increasingly available in shops around the world. Please try these if you see them at local markets and let me know what you think. I'm hoping you enjoy them.