Exotic varieties

Don’t shy away from delicious Asian mushrooms.

Bean thread-noodles with Hatake mushrooms. (photo credit: SARIT GOFFEN)
Bean thread-noodles with Hatake mushrooms.
(photo credit: SARIT GOFFEN)
So you’ve never cooked them before – so what? The Asian mushrooms grown by Tekoa Farms are tasty, versatile and have many health benefits.
Serves 4
Maitake mushrooms have been eaten in Asia for thousands of years. In alternative medicine, they are used as a remedy for various ailments. The mushroom contains chemicals that, according to some experts, might help fight tumors and stimulate the immune system. There is some evidence that it can lower blood pressure, improve cholesterol levels and lower blood sugar levels, but the research is still not conclusive.
The mushrooms are delicious. Prepared as schnitzels as in this recipe provided by Tekoa Farms, which cultivate these and many other special mushrooms, even the kids will try them.
✔ 2 packages Maitake mushrooms, separated
✔ 2 eggs
✔ ½ tsp. Dijon mustard
✔ Pinch each salt and pepper
✔ 200 gr. whole wheat bread crumbs
Heat oven to 180° and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
In a bowl, beat eggs with mustard, salt and pepper. In another bowl, place the bread crumbs seasoned with a little salt.
Dip the mushrooms first in the eggs and then in the bread crumbs. Place on the lined baking sheet and bake for 10 minutes until golden.
Serve with tehina or yogurt.
Serves 4
The Hatake is a relative of the Shimeji mushroom. It is also grown by Tekoa Farms and is delicious. If you like Asian food, you’ll love this recipe.
✔ 1 package (250 gr.) bean thread noodles
✔ 1 Tbsp. fresh ginger, grated
✔ 1 onion or 4 shallots, thinly sliced
✔ 2 carrots, julienned
✔ 2 Tbsp. olive oil
✔ 2 Tbsp. soy sauce
✔ 2 Tbsp. silan
✔ Pinch chili flakes
✔ Pinch salt
✔ ½ tsp. sesame oil (optional)
✔ 1 bunch cilantro, chopped (optional)
Blanch noodles according to package instructions. Wash under cold water, drain and set aside.
Heat olive oil in a wide pan. Add the onion and ginger and sauté until golden. Add carrots and fry another 1 minute. Add the mushrooms and continue cooking another 1 to 2 minutes. Add the noodles into the pan and toss well until the noodles are covered with the oil.
In a small bowl, mix all the sauce ingredients together. Taste and adjust seasoning and add to the pan. Toss until everything is coated with sauce. Serve garnished with chopped cilantro and a few drops of sesame oil. 
Recipes and photos courtesy of Tekoa Farms, growers and distributors of specialty mushrooms and vegetables. www.tekoafarms.co.il