September 30, 2011 11:27 PM Subscribe
Pungent shiitakes from a Korean market. Are they okay?
posted by WasabiFlux to food & drink (5 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
Today I bought a tray of shiitake mushrooms from a Korean market. They look nice, but when I got them home I realized they smelled strong, very pungent. Not quite unpleasant - somewhere between funky cheese, stale beer, and old onions. I've never had a mushroom that smelled like that. The enoki and shimeji mushrooms I bought at the same time don't have a strong smell.
Are they okay to eat? Is this maybe a similar type of Korean mushroom that's been labeled as shiitake?