Liuzhou Laowai

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Friday Food 178 – Mushroom Extract

chopsticksFriday food is a weekly article about one of the more unusual food items to be found in Liuzhou that week. This week, we are mincing mushrooms.

This mushroom extract is being marketed as “more healthy” alternative to the dreaded, but falsely maligned, MSG. Basically it is salt and powdered dried mushrooms (boletus, shiitake and shimeji). with a couple of surprising additions.

Extras include sugar, dried tea, unidentified spices and chicken powder (as in bouillon cubes etc). So, it is not vegetarian. He idea is that it should boost umami and they recommend adding it to soups, sauces, hot pots etc.

However, they somewhat defeat their own marketing. One of the listed ingredients (albeit in a tiny proportion) is sodium glutamate which is as near as makes no difference to MSG!

¥28 / 450g

I’ve been making my own version for decades. Just grind dried mushrooms. No need for chickens, tea, sugar or salt. Cost: negligible.

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