Post # 1
Ok, so I’ve been a vegetarian for 15 years. I’ve eaten my fair share of a variety of mushrooms. Thinking back, I don’t know that I’ve eaten a shiitake mushroom on its own, meaning it’s usually cooked into a dish.
Point being, the other night I had dinner at a restaurant that I love. I ordered a pesta pasta that had shiitake mushrooms in it. They didn’t really have much of their own flavor, so I guess I’m asking about texture. I think the mushrooms were totally messed up. So much so that I couldn’t even finish the dish.
So the mushrooms had like three different textures. Some were what I THOUGHT was normal, which is that meaty, fleshy kind of texture similiar to a cooked portobello. But then I had a huge piece that was nothing but straight crunch, almost like eating a piece of thick lettuce if that makes any sense. It was dry, had no “squish” to it, or any of that meaty texture. Then another piece was so rubbery, I couldn’t even bite through it and I actually had to take it out of my mouth. I’m still skeeved out about the experience because I feel like I have no clue what I actually ate.
So for those of you who are super similar with cooked shiitake mushrooms, are they anything like a portobello in terms of texture? Was that crunch thing normal? I’m going to guess the rubbery one was not normal, maybe that was the stem and I didn’t realize it? Please help me feel like I’m not insane!
Post # 3
take out one of the i’s in the first 5 letters….there’s your answer.
Post # 4
Shiitake mushrooms shouldn’t have a crunch or the rubberiness. I guess they could have used dry mushrooms and didn’t soak them long enough. Portobellos are much softer and crumble easier than shittakes. Shiitakes get soft when they cook, too, but they have more give. It’s hard to describe!
Post # 5
@mnp: That’s what I thought too!
Post # 6
@jmaze: +1, they’re gross IMO.
My family is chinese, so they often cook with dried ones. Like mnp said, it’s probably one that didn’t get soaked long enough. I like portobello mushrooms much, much more than shiitakes.
Post # 7
I love all things mushroom, so I guess I’m the odd one out! The crunch totally isn’t normal, that one was probably didn’t get soaked. They’re supposed to give when you bite, then resist slightly. Not rubbery though, that’s overcooked. I use them in soups/stews primarily.
Post # 8
Thanks you guys! I wanted to try to tell them (it’s not a chain restaurant) exactly what was so off, but then I thought maybe I was going crazy so I at least mentioned the rubbery mushroom because I knew that def wasn’t right. I skipped mentioning the horribly crunchy one because I didn’t want to sound like an idiot if that was normal. Mushrooms aside the dish was just not good and our waitress was AWFUL. I hate when you have a bad experience at a place you love =/
Post # 9
I was going to come in here and say “evil.”