And fungi of various types, fresh and dried are used in Asian cooking. Shiitake mushrooms, also known as Chinese black mushrooms,
are large and meaty, and used in soups, stir-fried and side dishes, or as meat subsitute. Straw mushrooms add smooth texture to disehs and
are very high in protein.
Pickled Mustard Cabbage
Also known as gai choy, this cabbage is grown to be pickled. Availabe from most Chinese grocery stores
in jars or packages.
Preserved Chinese Vegetables
Also known as tang chye/ tung choi. Is either salted or pickled mustard greens and available in jars.
Papaya and Paw Paw
They are both from the same family but the papay is the one with the bright orange fresh. Both papaya and
paw paw can be eaten unripe or green. You can also use them in salads (shred them first though). To ripen
these fruits, stand them at room temperature till the skin turns a soft orange color and the the fruit emits
a nice pleasing smell.