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Authentic Thai Recipe Ingredient: Cloud Ear Fungus

Photo of Cloud Ear Fungus and How it is Used in Authentic Thai Recipes.

Cloud Ear Fungus

เห็ดหูหนู (Het hu nu)
The Cloud Ear Fungus, known as Het Hu Nu in Thailand, grows in frilly masses on dead wood. It is a dark brown color but somewhat translucent. It can be found fresh here in thailand, but in your area it may be only available dried and need to be soaked in water before use. While almost tasteless, it is prized for its slightly crunchy texture and potential medicinal properties, including its newly discovered anticoagulant properties. Of note, the slight crunchiness persists despite most cooking processes.

Het Hu Nu is used in stir fries and some soups.

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