Add these versatile mushrooms to any meal

It’s been a while! I’ve been busy nursing my kids and myself back to health. Two weeks ago, they started having runny noses and cough. Last weekend was a low for me as I was feeling under the weather and they were coughing quite badly.

Thankfully I’m recovered and they are on their way to feeling fine too!

Today’s find

Today I’d like to share with you something I came across on my trip to the supermarket. Have you ever heard of bunashimeji mushrooms?

Bunashimeji

Why should you eat bunashimeji mushrooms?

Well, they contain their unique types and combinations of polysaccharides, which help to strengthen your immune system in many different ways.

Every type of mushroom contains different polysaccharides so it helps to have more varieties in your diet.

What they’re like

When bunashimeji mushrooms are cooked they give a bouncy bite and they don’t taste too mushroomy like shiitake. I love shiitake, by the way.

How to prepare

Instructions

As these instructions say, cut the bunch into half, then cut off the bottom.

Separate the mushrooms because you don’t want to be eating a bunch of mushrooms all at once!

Separated

And it’s ready for cooking! This pack doesn’t require washing.

Mushrooms are unlike vegetables; their nutrients can withstand heat much better. You’ll see the difference in how they’re cooked next.

How to cook

For this meal, I cooked the mushrooms with some vegetables.

  1. Without oil in the wok, heat the mushrooms in low to medium heat until they release water, stirring from time to time.
    Alternatively, add a bit of water and simmer until the mushrooms appear soft but not shriveled.
  2. Remove from heat and stir in some oyster sauce. Set aside.
  3. Add some water to the pan. When the water boils, add the vegetables to steam them. Cover the pan with lid and wait for 1 minute.
    Here, you don’t want to submerge the vegetables in water. You only want to create enough steam to heat them so just a thin layer of water will do.
  4. Add the vegetables to the mushrooms and stir well. Serve.

Cooked

Other ways to serve bunashimeji mushrooms

  • Pasta: add the mushrooms to an aglio olio.
  • Soup: the mild taste is great for adding variety to mushroom soup.
  • Salad: the combination of soy sauce and sesame oil works well with mushrooms.
  • Stir-fry: with chicken, pork, or other meat.
  • Porridge: white rice simmered with meat, mushroom, dried scallops, and the optional edamame added at the end.

Bon appetit

I hope you enjoy the goodness of bunashimeji mushrooms if you haven’t! Check out other immunity boosting mushrooms here.

Have you seen or eaten bunashimeji mushrooms before? If not, would you try them?

6 Comments on "Add these versatile mushrooms to any meal"


  1. Hi Regina

    Glad to hear you’re all on the mend again.

    We’ve been having the same run of colds and flu in our household and I came across your Bunashimeji mushrooms recipe while I was looking for some natural cures and ways to boost our immune systems to help fight the normal winter bugs that tend to take hold of you this time of year.

    I didn’t realize mushrooms were good for boosting your immune system so thanks for the info and the recipe.

    I’ll be trying it out tonight.

    Alan 🙂

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    1. Hi Alan! What I’ve here is a Chinese-style recipe. If Chinese food is not to your liking, there are many alternatives. You can always do mushroom pasta. Bon appetit and wishing your family speedy recovery!

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  2. Hi,
    This was interesting – I’ve never heard of these type of mushrooms before. I know you said you found them at the supermarket, but are they commonly available there, or do you have to go to a specialty shop? I love lots of different types of mushrooms, and also oyster sauce, so I might give your salad suggestion a try – sounds healthy and delicious!
    Mara

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    1. Hi Mara!

      Oyster sauce works better if you have vegetables in the same dish.

      Bunashimeji are common in supermarkets in my area, but I’m not so sure about yours. You could substitute with other mushrooms as they have their unique nutrients too. Variety is key.

      I suggest Asian supermarkets if you are really keen to find bunashimeji!

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  3. Hi Rosanne, I have not heard of bunashimeji mushrooms before. I will look for them. I love mushrooms and would cook more with them, but my teenage son doesn’t care for mushrooms. Lately, though he has become so busy, he does not eat at home as much as he used to. I need to start cooking more dishes we like, my husband and I, and include mushrooms. Thanks for the information about these and the cooking tips! ~Gina

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    1. Hi Gina! If you’re worried but can’t cook for your son, you could consider some mushroom products. I have featured some excellent options here. I know your pain because I have a picky eater in my son as well!

      Home cooking is great for your health so you’re making a smart choice in aiming to cook more dishes at home. Do use lesser oil and seasoning to take advantage of eating healthy at home.

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