Matsutake Soup Anywhere?
Long-time lurker posting for the first time here. I once had a matsutake soup in a teapot at Tanto about 3 years back and am still looking for places that may have it. I guess it's matsutake seaon again. Any ideas where I can find such soup? Would also love any advice on how to recognize the Japanese name in a menu (I can pick out the Chinese characters of matsutake).
I live in LA, but was in SF this past weekend. I ate at Medicine EatStation one night and loved it. They had 2 Matsutake soups on the menu. The first was a typical dobinmushi with broth, matustake and other things which was about $25 and included (I think) 7 grain rice and pickles. I didn't try this dish, but I had one of the savory soups of the evening. They had a cold soup and a hot soup which I had. The hot soup was a matsutake flavored broth with about 5 slices of matsutake, sesame tofu and grapes. This was incredibly delicious! I'd go back just for that. I thought the sesame tofu was a little too creamy for me and the grapes were odd, but the matsutake flavor and the mushrooms itself were great. Also, this soup cost only $6! You wouldn't be able to make a meal out of it, but it was a perfect complement to my dinner.
I would call in advance to see if they have this soup before you go. I wish that we had a Medicine in LA!!