Authentic Thai Recipe Ingredient: Oyster Mushroom

Photo of Oyster Mushroom and How it is Used in Authentic Thai Recipes.

Oyster Mushroom

เห็ดนางรอม (Hed Nang Rom)
The oyster mushroom is frequently used in Japanese, Korean and Chinese cookery as a delicacy. It is frequently served on its own, in soups, stuffed, or in stir-fry recipes with soy sauce. Oyster mushrooms are sometimes made into a sauce, used in Asian cooking, which is similar to oyster sauce. The mushroom's taste has been described as mild with a slight odor similar to anise. The oyster mushroom is best when picked young; as the mushroom ages, the flesh becomes tough and the flavor becomes acrid and unpleasant.

Oyster mushrooms are widely cultivated and used in Kerala, India where a wide variety of dishes are prepared from them. Oyster mushrooms are mainly cultivated in large clear polyethylene bags with buns of hay layered in the bags, and spawn sown between the layers.

Oyster mushrooms are also used in the Czech and Slovak contemporary cuisine in soups and stews as a replacement for meat.

Photo: "Pleurotus ostreatus - Pleurote en huître" by Charl de Mille-Isles from Mille-Isles, Canada - Pleurotus ostreatus / Pleurote en huître. Licensed under CC BY 2.0 via Wikimedia Commons

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