I bought a package of white fungus (AKA white tree fungus) at the Asian market the other week, because I couldn't resist it's ivory, frilly look.
So, now I need some recipes where I can use this pretty stuff. I know it needs a good, long soak before using. What are the best recipes that really bring out it's texture?
Any recipes would be great!
Though it's not traditional, I will cut it up in chunks after it has been soaked and make a stir fry with white fungus, wood ears (black fungus), snow pea pods, assorted mushrooms,water chestnuts and any other veggies you like in your stir fry. It's a good way to use it up, otherwise, it will eventually mold.
White Fungus is traditionally used in soups.
You can make a Chicken soup and add some white fungus. It's supposed to have good nutritional value. Personally, I don't think it's tasty at all.
The other option is to make a Chinese style sweet dessert soup. Usually, this involves red dates, rock sugar, and white fungus.
I've not tried this myself but you might be able to find the recipe on the Food Ntwk web site. Rachael Ray made a mushroom sauce for chicken fried steak (an Americana meal) made with different kinds of mushrooms. It was her "improved version" of condensed cream of mushroom soup. It looked great.