Mushrooms

istatalnara
Bento-ing from: Brigham › Utah › USA
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I want to make some soup, and it calls for shiitake mushrooms. However, my mother is allergic to them, and so I can't use them. I was wondering if there is anything you could suggest for a substitute? Not for taste or anything, but volume and yumminess.

Thanks so much,
Ista

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Stephanie
Bento-ing from: San Lorenzo › California › USA
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Re: Mushrooms

I am not sure what your mother is allergic to, if it is just shiitake mushrooms I would suggest another type of mushroom. But if she has a mold allergy, where she cannot eat cheese or any type of mushroom, then I do not know of a replacement.

rehfilet
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Re: Mushrooms

hm, difficult. maybe some frozen firm tofu for texture and as a filler? or seitan.. it's got a similar kind of chewiness like mushrooms and takes up the flavour of the soup liquid nicely.
bits of veal might be similar, too, if you're not a vegetarian.
if your mother can eat any other mushrooms, just take those. i'd maybe fry them a bit first if they're fresh to intensify the taste, as shiitake has a rather strong flavor..
what else goes into the soup?

Mon1ca
Re: Mushrooms

I'd be interested in this as well. I don't eat mushrooms as they make me ill and I'm slightly lactose intolerant as well. What substitutions would be good for soups and/or recipes that call for mushrooms?

maki
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Re: Mushrooms

Mushrooms are packed with umami, so the best substitute for them might actually be meat! If mushrooms are called for in a sauté or in a soup or stew as a supplementary item, just leave them out. In a stew for instance just add a bit more of the main meat. To make up for the umami, besides meat you can try adding (if it's a Japanese dish) more konbu seaweed, or (if it's a Western dish) umami-rich vegetables like celery and onion.

Of course, you'd want to avoid things where mushrooms are the star ingredient, like mushroom soup, because you know...it's not logical. Kind of like trying to make roast beef with a beef substitute. ^_^

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Stephanie
Bento-ing from: San Lorenzo › California › USA
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Re: Mushrooms

Fake meat is sort of a pet peeve of mine. No matter how good one gets at making seitan or some other meat substitute the flavor and texture are never quite right, so I figure why bother? And personally, the flavor and texture of meat has always been somewhat repulsive to me so I would rather enjoy the food I do eat than try to imitate something I don't.

istatalnara
Bento-ing from: Brigham › Utah › USA
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Re: Mushrooms

That's great! Thank you so much!

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