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RiJaAr Jan 17, 2007 09:46 PM

http://vietnamesegod.blogspot.com/200...

ok, there's the link... What on earth is EARWOOD?

  1. orangewasabi Jan 17, 2007 11:36 PM

    where are you in Western Canada? you can find them in most chinese groceries? whole foods has them too

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      RiJaAr Jan 17, 2007 10:01 PM

      like i said, not available around here, no asian grocery stores either, any subs for it?

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      1. re: RiJaAr
        JoanN Jan 17, 2007 10:43 PM

        Dried oyster mushrooms are often substituted for tree ear or wood ear mushrooms, but my guess is that if you can't find one locally you're not going to find the other. Tree ears, at least in my way of thinking, don't have a great deal of flavor on their own, but they readily absorb other flavors so are particularly good with saucy dishes. They also have an interesting texture; sort of silky, rather glutinous--but in a good way. Anyway, in terms of your recipe, I'd just double the number of black mushrooms and forget abour the tree ears. You'll lose something in texture, perhaps, but not much in the way of flavor.

        1. re: JoanN
          Pei Jan 17, 2007 11:28 PM

          Wood/Tree ears also give the dish a bit of rubbery crunchiness. Does that make sense? It's akin to the "bite" of a good sausage or piece of tendon in your meat. It pops when you bite into it, but isn't exactly hard to chew on.

          http://images.google.com/imgres?imgur...

          That's a photo of wood's ear mushrooms. They look like that fresh, or you can find them dried in Chinese markets. I've seen them dried in big bags, or dehydrated by machine so that they're compacted into matchbook sized packets. I crumble a corner of the matchbook into a bowl of water and 20 minutes later I have a big bowl of mushrooms. It's really incredible how much water they can soak up!

          1. re: Pei
            JoanN Jan 18, 2007 12:06 AM

            I love your description, Pei. "Rubbery crunchiness." That's just perfect. And I'd never seen, even in a photograph, fresh wood ears before. Fascinating. I've only found them dried in bags, never fresh or dehydrated.

            1. re: JoanN
              Pei Jan 18, 2007 01:24 AM

              Occassionally I'll see them at 99 Ranch or Nijiya fresh. They're always next to the oyster mushrooms, pre-wrapped in plastic wrap in a styrofoam tray.

              Unlike with shitakes, I don't think wood ears are very different whether purchased fresh or dried, so you're not missing out.

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        lgphil Jan 17, 2007 09:55 PM

        Can also be called Wood's Ear mushrooms. Available at any asian market and most better groceries.

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        1. re: lgphil
          chef chicklet Jan 17, 2007 10:27 PM

          not the same as Clouds Ear? It is a fungus...

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            OnceUponABite Jan 17, 2007 11:49 PM

            I think cloude ear is also a fungus, but it's white. Usually used in dessert preparation.

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          cheryl_h Jan 17, 2007 09:54 PM

          My guess is that it's black fungus, available from any Asian grocery store.

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            RiJaAr Jan 17, 2007 09:51 PM

            where would one find earwood. can one BUY earwood? not at any markets around here, and whats a suitable substitute for earwood?
            sorry, i like saying it.

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              Alan408 Jan 17, 2007 09:48 PM

              Earwood is a type of mushroom

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