Wood Ear Mushroom Salad
I pretty much love every kind of mushroom that exists. I haven't met a mushroom I haven't liked. And I love mushrooms in EVERYTHING.
Wood ear mushrooms are a little bit new to me. I've had it in a lot of Asian dishes at restaurants but I haven't really cooked much with it myself. This week, I thought I would try something new so I picked up a package of fresh wood ear mushroom at the Korean market while I was doing my weekly Asian grocery shopping. I have recently used these mushrooms in a stew, but this time, I wanted to make an appetizer salad similar to the Taiwanese version that I've had at Pine & Crane in Silverlake.
Verdict: Pretty delicious! Slightly sweet, slightly sour, with a lot of crunch! My recipe could probably serve 4 as an appetizer, but I ate the whole thing myself!
Wood Ear Mushroom Salad (Serves 4 as an appetizer or side)
· 3 cups of fresh wood ear mushroom, cleaned and coarsely chopped
· 2 birds eye chili, diced
· 1 garlic clove, minced
· ½ cup of cilantro, diced
· 3 tbsp rice vinegar
· 1 tbsp soy sauce
· 1 tsp sesame oil
· ½ tsp sugar
Bring a pot of water to boil. Throw in mushrooms and boil for 10 minutes. Then rinse mushrooms off in cold water and drain. Repeat this step a couple of times. In a bowl, mix together the other ingredients with the mushrooms and stir thoroughly. Let sit in fridge for about 30 minutes before serving.