Black Fungus

Black fungus is a very common and inexpensive ingredient on Chinese dinner table. It also has been labelled as a medicinal food for thousands of years.

Botanical name: Auricularia polytricha

Common name: Black Fungus, Cloud Ear, Tree Ear

Available fresh in Australia, although generally used in a dried form that requires reconstituting. Gray-brown in colour and considered an essential ingredient in all Asian cooking. Firm, gelatinous texture. Very little flavour.

Preparation: Slice into small pieces so they’re easy to chew and digest.

Usage: Soups and or stir-fry style dishes, mostly to add colour and chewy texture