Also known as wood ear mushrooms, these are popular for their chewy texture more than their bland flavor. This texture enhances stir-fries, soups, and meat-filled foods such as crepes and fried egg rolls. The smaller, the better. Reconstitute in boiling water. One tablespoon of dried mushrooms becomes ⅓ cup soaked. Squeeze off the excess liquid and add it to a savory stock.
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