OT: more on 'shrooms (was: huitlacoche)

piaba piabinha@yahoo.com
Thu, 19 Aug 2004 15:17:28 PDT
well, jim, i'm sorry your mycophagous tendencies are
not better sated...  i have never tasted huitlacoche
either but i just thought i'd mention that at my
favorite japanese rest. in brooklyn, they serve these
cold mini-soba or -udon dishes (soba and udon are two
types of noodles for those that don't know).  in the
summer, nothing better than a cold noodle dish as an
appetizer before dinner.  the broth is dashi- and
wakame-based (dashi is made from dry bonito flakes and
wakame is a large, coarse seaweed).  there are 3 types
of this soup that you can order: with tempura (veggies
that are battered and deep fried), with tororo
(mountain yam) or kinoko, which is a medley of
mushrooms.  there are 5 types in the latter dish: wood
ear, straw mushrooms, button mushrooms, enoki (small
white mushrooms) and nameko (tiny round ones).  the
whole thing is flavored with orange peel and is

i don't care particularly for the tororo (Dioscorea),
which is a white paste with no particular taste, but i
also order it sometimes as it comes with a small dish
of grated ginger, chopped scallions and wasabi to be
mixed in the soup a la gout.  

sorry for the long off-topic post...  :-)

tsuh yang

--- Jim McKenney <jimmckenney@starpower.net> wrote:
> Judy, I don't believe you! First you get to taste
> oca before I do, and now
> you get huitlacoche. I fruitlessly badgered (how's
> that for nicely mixed
> metaphors?) a Mexican friend for years to have some
> sent from home for me.
> I can't imagine the USDA allowing the fresh product
> into the country, but I
> understand it's available canned. 
> What is it like? Is it mushroom-y? Mild? Strong? 
> I really want to try it. Am I to be reduced to
> lurking around farmyard
> dumpsters looking for corn smut discards? 
> "Jim, where have you been all day?" "Going through
> dumpsters looking for
> smut."
> Am I in trouble?
> Jim McKenney
> jimmckenney@starpower.net
> Montgomery County, Maryland, USA, USDA zone 7, where
> my mycophagous urges
> are usually fulfilled by the grocery store varieties
> or the local morels. 

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