Thai Jungle Mushrooms – No Magic Involved
These massive Thai jungle mushrooms were hand-picked by one of the locals from Wonderful Wi’s village in Udon Thani Province. There is no magic or hallucinations attached to them. Just good, edible mushrooms. I’m not sure which type they are – possibly shiitake (het hom / เห็ดหอม) an aromatic mushroom found in woodlands. I could be way wrong, but my limited research pointed to the shiitake species commonly found in South East Asia.
I can’t recall how much the half-dozen mushrooms cost. Just remember it wasn’t a lot and Wilai made a broth type soup with them. I didn’t have big enough bacon rashers to lay claim to any.
Thai mushroom pickers go out early morning and carefully tread through woodland terrain to hunt out various types of mushrooms. Shiitake mushrooms grow around the base and lower trunks of trees. The downside is many species of snakes home plate the woods, poisonous pit vipers and cobras among them. Two good reasons Wilai picks mushrooms from supermarket shelves and market stalls.
Mushrooms are one of my favourite foods and luckily Thailand has a good variety of them. One of which I tasted for the first time in Chiang Khan, a charming and picturesque town on the banks of the Mekong River in Loei Province.
Thai mushrooms wrapped in bacon
These are mouth-watering and ultra delicious. I’m 99.9 % certain they are enoki mushrooms. Bacon wrapped enoki mushrooms are popular in North Thailand although I’m not sure if so throughout the Kingdom. They might be a regional delicacy. The photograph explains the reason Northern Thais adore them. These were delicious and not expensive at all.
How do you rate Thai mushrooms? Perhaps you have a mushroom picking tale to tell. Love to hear it.
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