Dried shiitake mushrooms are such an important player in Japanese cuisine because they add so much umami. Takehisa’s Donko Dried Shiitake are some of the best because they are grown slowly over the winter, which amplifies their earthy umami, flavor and aroma.
These make delicious dashi, boiled dishes and bases for soup. They’re also really great for Chinese recipes because of their thick texture. Secret tip: they’re perfect to eat after they have been rehydrated - so don’t throw them away!