Shiitake, Dong Gu
Shiitake is Japanese for shii tree mushroom and is highly prized in the far east. Dong Go or Tong Gu is Chinese for winter mushroom because this is when they prefer to grow. It has a tender meaty texture and rich, mildly garlicky flavour. It is delicious with all meat and vegetables especially beef, chicken and eggs. The stems are not as tender as the caps and are best used in a stew, casserole or soup when they can be well cooked.