I have a question about the recipe "Baked Tofu and Vegetable Egg Rolls" from ieatthepeach. It's easier for me to get fresh shiitake rather than dried. How much fresh should I use? Is dried really preferable?
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It is my opinion that the reasons for using dried are twofold. Firstly dried are usually in the pantry and easily accessible, second, when soaking your mushrooms, you get a flavourful liquid to put back into the dish. In using fresh, the liquid is in the mushroom itself so I cannot see a problem with replacing fresh for dried. Go for it.
I used fresh too and it worked great!
Thanks! Glad to know I can whip them up with fresh in case I can't get out to the store that sells the dried version.
When I use fresh I usually will saute or roast them to reduce the liquid and increase the flavor though I try to always have dried on hand.