Stewed Shiitake Mushroooms for Somen or Hiyashi Chuuka (Cold Chinese Noodles)

Stewed Shiitake Mushroooms for Somen or Hiyashi Chuuka (Cold Chinese Noodles)

Serve these with cold noodles in the summer...these are the standard sweet and savory stewed shiitake mushrooms. This is the taste that everyone loves.


Dried shiitake mushrooms
6 to 8, medium
Soaking liquid from dried shiitake
280 ml
3 tablespoons
Soy sauce
2 and 1/2 tablespoons


1. Rinse the shiitake mushrooms, then soak them in water for 4 to 6 hours in the refrigerator. The water should be more than 350 ml.
2. Line a colander with a paper towel. This will be used for straining the shiitake soaking liquid in Step 4.
3. Squeeze the thoroughly reconstituted shiitake over the bowl of soaking liquid, chop off the root ends, then slice into desired thicknesses.
4. Return the sliced shiitake to the soaking liquid, then squeeze, then strain the soaking liquid through the colander prepared in Step 2.
5. Heat the drained shiitake, the strained soaking liquid, and the A ingredients in a pot on high heat.
6. Bring to a boil, cover with a drop lid, then reduce to low-medium heat. Stew for 10 minutes.
7. After 10 minutes, reduce heat to a strong low setting. Stew for 10 minutes.
8. Reduce heat to the lowest setting possible, then stew for 10 more minutes.
9. The shiitake are delicious after Step 8, but will absorb the seasoning even more if you allow them to cool with the drop lid on.
10. Now, you have delicious stewed shiitake mushrooms. If you don't consume them in one go, store them in an air-tight container.
11. Try them with somen noodles, cold udon, hiyashi chu-uka (cold Chinese-style noodles), etc. I also love eating them with white rice.
12. Here it is mixed with rice (rice steamed separately). This is also a great way to eat them. Try them in a variety of recipes!
13. For [Professional Men-tsuyu that can be Stored a Long Time], see Recipe ID: 1388458.
14. For [Super Easy Men-tsuyu made using Dashi Stock Granules], see Recipe ID: 1392208.
15. For [Standard, Authentic Hiyashi Chu-uka (Cold Chinese-Style Noodles)], see Recipe ID: 1099790.
16. For [Standard Gomoku (Five Ingredients) Seasoned and Mixed Rice], see Recipe ID: 1843370.

Story Behind this Recipe

This is how my mother prepared shiitake mushrooms since I was a's my favorite stewed shiitake.
I was chided for eating so much of them.
I posted the recipe here to share with my friends.