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Recipes with Dried Shiitake & Kikurage Mushrooms

Simmered Shiitake and Koya Tofu

Simmered shiitake and Koya tofu (dried tofu) can be a good choice for dinner. All you have to do is put them in a pot and simmer them, so you can make it quickly when you want one more side dish for dinner. It has a gentle flavor that spreads the deliciousness of shiitake.

Ingredients (2 servings):

6 pieces of rehydrated or fresh shiitake

2 pieces (1.2 oz./35 g) of dried Koya tofu

Water to rehydrate dried tofu as needed

*200ml of shiitake's soaking liquid or water

*2 tbsp of sake

* 1 tbsp of mirin sweet cooking rice wine

* 1 tbsp of sugar

*2 tsp of soy sauce

*1 tsp of dashi powder

Garnish such as scallions or mitsuba leaves as you wish

(All the ingredients but mitsuba leaves are sold at Maido!)


1. Remove the bottom ends of the shiitake stems and cut into bite-size pieces.

2. Soak koya tofu in warm water for 4.5 minutes (or follow the directions on the packaging) to soften. Squeeze the water with both hands and cut into bite-size pieces.

3. Add what you prepared in step 1 and 2, and all the condiments starting with a "*" to the pot over medium heat, bring to a boil, cover with a drop-lid, then reduce heat and simmer for 10 minutes to let the flavors soak.

4. Decorate them on a bowl and add a garnish to your liking. Enjoy!

Koya tofu

 Organic Cooking Sake

 Kombu Dashi Powder with Non Chemical Condiments or Salt


Seasoned Kikurage

Often kikurage is served on top of ramen noodles and other dishes without seasoning, but if you take the time to season it, it will taste better than as it is. It is also perfect for other uses, such as over rice, as a filling for rice balls, as a side dish, or as a nibble for your drinks. The seasoned kikurage is crunchy and delicious.


2.4 oz./70g of rehydrated kikurage

*2 tsp of soy sauce

*1 tsp of mirin sweet cooking rice wine

*1 tsp of cooking sake

1/2 tsp of layu chili oil or sesame oil

2 tsp of ground sesame seeds

(All the ingredients are sold at Maido!)


1. Well-drain the kikurage and slice it into bite-size pieces.

2. Mix the kikurage with all the condiments starting with an "*".

3. Put what you prepared in step 2 in a frying pan and sauté with layu or sesame oil until all the liquid is absorbed.

4. Finally, mix in the ground sesame seeds and you're done!

5. Put it as a topping or eat it as it is. Enjoy!


  • If you want to reduce the spiciness, use sesame oil but layu.


Japanese Pasta with Shiitake & Kikurage

This Japanese-style pasta has a simple flavor that brings out the delicious taste of the mushrooms. This is a recipe that can be made using both shiitake and kikurage.

Ingredients (4 Servings):

6 pieces of rehydrated or fresh shiitake

4 pieces of rehydrated or fresh kikurage

14.1 oz./400 g of pasta

4 tsp of shio koji salted malt

2 tbsp of olive oil

2 cloves of garlic

1 red chili pepper

2 tbsp of ohba leaves

*4 tsp of mirin sweet cooking rice wine

*4 tsp of soy sauce

*180cc of pasta cooking water


1. Slice the mushrooms into bite-sized pieces. Finely chop the garlic and remove seeds from the red chili pepper and cut into small pieces.

2. Cook the pasta.

3. Put the olive oil, garlic, and red chili pepper in a frying pan and sauté over low heat. Add shiitake and kikurage, then toss with the shio koji salted malt.

4. Add the boiled pasta to the pan and mix, then add all the condiments starting with a "*" and mix to taste.

5. Place in a bowl and top the pasta with shredded ohba leaves.

*Shio Koji  Togarashi Chili Peppers  Ohba Leaves

*Shio koji is a seasoning made by fermenting a mixture of koji, salt, and water. Koji is made by propagating microorganisms called koji mold on steamed grains such as rice, wheat, and beans. It is used for seasoning or marinating meat, poultry, fish, vegetables, etc. (If you use it for meat, the meat becomes more tender and flavorful!) It is a white, lumpy paste with a mild, sweet miso-like flavor.


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