How to Reconstitute Dried Oyster Mushrooms

Oyster mushrooms resemble oysters not only in flavor but also somewhat in appearance. The combination of their smooth and silky texture, their subtle yet rich flavor and the fact that they can be grown commercially makes them a common offering in stores and a popular addition to many dishes. You can also purchase dried oyster mushrooms or dehydrate your own if you will not use them within a few days. Reconstituted dried mushrooms lose their original texture, but their flavor remains relatively intact.

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  1. Place the dried oyster mushrooms in a bowl that is large enough to comfortably hold all of them with plenty of space left over.
  2. Pour enough hot (but not boiling) water into your bowl to cover all of the oyster mushrooms.
  3. Leave the oyster mushrooms alone for approximately 30 minutes. At the end of this time, they will be reconstituted and you may use them in your recipe.

5 Foods Every Man Should Eat More Of

Men and women are built differently, that much is clear — but that’s not where the differences end. Unique health concerns and nutritional needs also separate the sexes. The five foods featured on this list are chock-full of nutrients men need most, including omega-3 fatty acids, zinc, lycopene, magnesium, B vitamins, folate, antioxidants, vitamin E, and boron. These picks support sexual function, protect against prostate cancer, and reduce cardiovascular disease risk — to name just a few benefits.

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How Reishi Mushroom Can Help You Lose Weight

The reishi mushroom, also known as lingzhi in China, yeongji in Korea and linhchi in Vietnam, is well known to be a medicinal mushroom with numerous health benefits. In fact, it has been used in traditional Chinese medicine for over two thousand years. Reishi mushrooms are said to be able to cure heart diseases, liver disorders, skin ailments, and even strengthen the immune system. However, what a lot of people do not know is that these mushrooms can also aid in weight loss.

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Pharmaceutical value of edible and medicinal mushrooms (cont)


Lingzhi mushroom (also being known as Ganoderma lucidum)

Being widely-known for more than 2000 years, lingzhi mushroom, a type of fungus, has highly pharmaceutical value and contains biologically active compounds such as triterpenoid saponins, polysaccharides, steroids, macroelements and trace elements. Such compounds mentioned above, which are mainly located at the cap and spore of lingzhi mushroom, help a body protect itself against inflammation and fat fiber circuit, stabilize blood pressure, improve and restore liver function and cancer treatment as well. Aside from these, lingzhi mushroom may defend against oxidation thanks to triterpenoid saponins and polyphenols. China and Vietnam have proven that lingzhi mushroom may eliminate hydroxyl free radicals and improve the ability of anti-aging.

Trametes versicolor

Trametes versicolor plays a role in support of cancer treatment and improves the immune system thanks to polysaccharides PSK and PSP. Japan frequently uses drugs called Krestin and extracted from trametes versicolor to treat cancers.


Cordyceps is a common name identifying the Cordiceps mushrooms including Cordiceps sinensis and Cordiceps militaris.

Cordyceps sinensis is sweet and acrid in taste and warm in nature. In ancient times, only kings or governors use such cordiceps sinensis because of its scarcity. China utilizes cordiceps in order to play as a kidney and lung care drug, increases the production of blood cells, restore the body after being exhausted or extending of deseases. Cordyceps is also used as tonic drug being cooked with duck meat.

Cordyceps contains 17 amino acids, fatty oil, many of the trace elements and other biologically active substances. Cordyceps enhances the immune system of the body, nourishs the lung and kidney, stops bleeding, dissolves phlegm, treats asthma and impotence, etc.

At present, China is the largest manufacturer of Cordiceps sinensis and Cordiceps militaris.

Fu Ling (Poria cocos) (also known as hoelen, poria, tuckahoe)

Fu Ling is a type of fungus that grows on the roots of pine trees and deep underground. It is believed that Fu ling mushroom is likely considered as the soul of pine tree. Fu ling mushroom in big size may weigh up to 10 kg. Its cover is black grey in color while its pore is white or rather pink grey. Chemical composition of Fu Ling mushroom includes 3 groups of substance as follows:

– Triterpen

– Sugar substances: pachyman sugar of Fu Ling mushroom may account for up to 75%

– ergosterol, choline, histidine, etc.

The effects of Fu Ling mushroom: Fu Ling mushroom is sweet in taste, neutral in nature and affiliated with 5 parts such as heart, lung, kidney, spleen and taste. Being often used as the tonic drug, it helps to discharge damp, keep calm and treat the cases of insomnia, fear or spermatorrhea.

Fu Ling is often included in Chinese herbs prescription. It is a white and small cubic and used as tonic drug. Fu Ling appears in large quantity in China. In Vietnam, Fu Ling is recorgnized to develop naturally but not yet being grown in Da Lat. Fu Ling that is used at present is Chinese herb.

Zhu ling (Polyporus umbellatus)

Zhu ling mushroom is a type of sclerotia – forming fungus and the fruiting bodies of this mushroom are made up of numerous caps.

Nutritious ingredients: 8% protein; 47% cellulose; 5% carbohydrate; 7% sol.

Regarding to the pharmaceutical value of this mushroom, we have to express that Zhu ling mushroom have anticancer and anti inflammatory benefits. Especially, Zhu Ling mushroom helps the patients who have faced up to lung cancer and taken radiation eat well, reduce pain and boost the functions of the immune system. Ying (1987) who took a mouse experiment realized that this mushroom would help to reduce 70% tumor. Miyaski (1983) saw that Zhu ling mushroom would prevent the body from sarcoma. According to Bo and Yun-sun (1985), the Chinese pharmacists, they have utilized the substances extracted from the scherotia of Zhu ling mushroom to treat the deseases such as lung cancer, cervical cancer, esophageal cancer, stomach cancer, liver cancer, colon cancer, breast cancer and lymphangioma.

As originating from the cold weather, Zhu Ling mushroom is mainly grown in China. Fresh mushroom is used as food while sclerotica of this mushroom is exported. This mushroom has not been grown in Vietnam and North America yet.

Translated by Hoang Oanh – The Mushrooms World (Source: Master Co Duc Trong)

Health and beauty with mushrooms

In so many kinds of food that nature has bestowed upon man, mushroom is one of the foods that are both rich in nutrients and able to treat and examine effectively. In addition to women, mushroom is also the wonderful food to help maintain health and beauty.

Learn and enjoy the dishes made ​​from mushrooms

Mushroom is classified into lower plant species, also known as vegetable sink. The fungal stem does not contain chlorophyll like other green plants, so they have to survive and thrive thanks to the organic matter available on the trunk of a tree. Mushroom is divided into two types: edible mushroom and toxic mushroom.

According to experience of the mushroom gourmets and the summary of research bases, toxic mushroom is usually colorful and has attractive fragrance. Edible mushroom is fungus that is cultivated, taken good care and ensured food safety and hygiene. The popular edible mushrooms sold in the market are Chinese black mushroom, straw mushroom and jelly-ear mushroom (also known as black mushroom).

Chinese black mushroom (also known as Shiitake or black forest mushroom) contains quite a lot of protein, minerals, vitamin B, C and substances such as calcium, acid nicotinic, aluminum, iron, magnesium, etc. There are about 30 enzymes and amino acids essential to the body in the components of Chinese black mushrooms. They are considered a dish and a precious remedy for people with anemia, hypertension and diabetes, or malnourished children, etc.

Straw mushroom is the fungus that has a cap is on its stem and was sprang up from stacks of rotten straw. Straw mushroom is used to make many nourishing, delicious and foods that are good for health such as straw mushroom fried with amaranth, eggs fried with straw mushroom, carp stewed with straw mushroom and dill, etc. Like jelly-ear mushroom, straw mushroom is also the dish which can help prevent cancer.

Jelly-ear mushroom (black mushroom) contains many proteins, minerals, vitamins, lecithin, cephalin and sphingomyelin. The iron content in this mushroom is higher than the one in the parsley and pork liver. It is usually used as food and drug preparation to treat people with bleeding, constipation, chronic gastritis and anemia. Besides, the mushroom is the food which helps prevent blood clotting caused by thrombosis, anti-bacterial and anti-radiation and inhibit certain strains of cancer cells from growing.

Edible mushroom whose main ingredient is water contains low calorie, which is suited for women in their period of going on a diet or losing weight. Particularly, in edible mushrooms there is an antioxidant matter called L-ergothionrine which is found only in fungi and does not lost during processing mushroom.

Many biological studies also shows that the fungus contain many immune agents to help prevent breast cancer in women and prostate cancer in men. The components of mushroom also have high content of potassium which potentially prevents hypertension which is very dangerous for people.

Notice when eating mushrooms:

– Do not eat colorful and fragrant mushrooms as they are features commonly found in toxic mushrooms.

– Do not eat young wild mushrooms to avoid misusing poisonous ones.

– Do not eat the fungus which, when cut, from the cut leaks a white matter like milk.

– Do not eat too old mushrooms.

– Do not eat unidentified mushrooms.

– Should buy mushrooms in places specialized in processing or trading or eat self-planted mushrooms.

Translated by Nguyen Nhi – The Mushrooms World (Source:

Benefits Of Phellinus Linteus


–         Phellinus linteus (also known as gold dum or Sanghwang) is considered as a valuable mushroom which grows in the trunks of murberry trees and helps to prevent and treat cancer, especially breast cancer, stomach cancer, etc.  after being early detected. It is very good for those who has heart disease, diabetic mellitus, hypertension, etc.

–         Phellinus linteus has been proved to have anti-tumor properties on skin, lung and prostate cancer cells. It is very valuable, rare and suitable for all ages without any side effects.

–         According to the analysis conducted by a group of researchers of Doctor Chihara at National Cancer Center Research Institute in Tokyo, Japan, they have studied the anti-tumor benefits of hot water extract from 27 kinds of mushroom since 1976.  It is showed that phellinus linteus helps to inhibit tumor growth at a rate of up to 96.7% compared to that of wood ear mushroom being 42.6%, champignon mushroom being 2.7%, ancient mushroom of phellinus linteus being 64.9%, etc.

–         A new study also shows that phellinus linteus has anti breast cancer property.


–         5 times a day with 100 cc for each time in the morning, afternoon, before sleep and getting up.

–         Phellinus linteus residue can be boiled with less water and used like tea.

1.      Cutting into small slices (this is the most common choice of most of the consumers)

–         Take 50 grams of phellinus linteus with 1.000 cc of water, boil the mixture about 2 – 3 minutes, then turn off the heat. Steeping within 5 minutes and simmerring for about 30 minutes until the mixture reduces to about 800 cc. This is the first water.

–         Boil for second and third water: After the first phase, take out the slices of phellinus linteus, cut into small pieces (about 1cm), then add water and boil them like the way of getting the first water. Combine all the boiled water including the first, second and third water to get the mixture of 2.400 cc. Then, pour into the jar and store it in the refrigerator.

How to use: 240cc 2-3 times a day, 80 – 120cc each time. 50 grams of phellinus linteus can be used for 10 persons. Depending on your needs, you can adjust the amount of phellinus linteus for extract.

After getting the third water, dry the phellinus linteus residue and boil for getting the fourth water or bathing, which is very good for your skin and hair.

By this method, phellinus linteus can be used in cooking chicken or beef soup.  With only 0.5 – 1 slice of phellinus linteus plus 10 grams of ginseng, 10 apples and 30 grams of lotuses, etc. , you will have a bowl of soup which has good, delicious, rather bitter in taste of phellinus linteus, good smell of arillus loganae, etc… It brings much nutritive value for elderly or treats asthenia effectively.

 2.      Powdering

–         Powdering(this methodis very difficult to do because phellinus linteus which has fiber shape may come out): take phellinus linteus powder to cook or extract like slices of mushrooms. In case of extracting like coffee, boil the water carefully. If the water is just rather hot like making tea, it is impossible to extract ganoderic acid from the fiber of mushroom.

–         Let the powder deposit, then decant it to get pure water and extract many times so that such water is not bitter any more. As mushroom residue is cenllulose, so you remove it.


–         You need to drink a lot of water when using this mushroom to release toxic materials in your body and it is best used in the morning when the stomach is empty.

–         Person, who is too sensitive to phellinus linteus, may get some symptoms such as feeling ingestible, dizzy or itchy on the skin during the first time of using. This situation happens because of strong reaction of the body when releasing the toxic materials in the body, which proves that the phellinus linteus has good effects. Such people will be fine later.

–         Phellinus linteus is a natural medicinal plant which is good for health and it is proved that there is no contraindication during 2000 years of researching. However, be careful for the patients who are getting organ transplant and using anti immune drugs. You should ask the doctor before using any supplementary medicinal herbs during the disease treatment.

* More information about Phellinus linteus of Master Co Duc Trong.

Translated by Hoang Oanh (The Mushrooms World)

Extraordinary taste with mushroom and chicken noodle soup at Model Thuy Hanh’s restaurant

The bowls of steamed noodle soup that attract guests due to their delicious taste mixed with various materials such as mushrooms, chicken, Vietnamese sausage, rice noodles, etc.

Located at Nguyen Van Dau Street, Binh Thanh District, Ho Chi Minh City, former model Thuy Hanh’s 2Ti restaurant has just opened for over a week but started becoming a familiar food & beverage location of many people thanks to delicious foods and extremely reasonable prices.

Chiken mushroom noodle soup by Thuy Hanh

However busy she is, Ms. Thuy Hanh spends time on making delicious foods for guests.

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