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Shiitake mushrooms (see Chinese dried black mushrooms) 鲜香菇 (xiān xiāng gū)

Shiitake is the Japanese name for fresh Chinese black mushrooms and is the name they are most often given in Western supermarkets. They have thick dark brown caps, curled edges, and a meaty flavor. Their flavor is not as intense as the dried variety, and they are best suited for use in salads and stir fries.

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