Shopping for shimeji mushrooms?
We've had several e-mails that all go something like this: "Where do I find those yummy-looking shimeji mushrooms?" What prompted this flood of mushroom requests? Our recap of the top L.A. Times recipes of 2008 in general, and this recipe in particular for halibut and shimeji baked in parchment.
Times Food Editor Russ Parsons says you can find the mushrooms -- pronounced she-MAY-ji -- at Asian supermarkets. He adds that specialty food stores such as Bristol Farms are now also carrying them. And don't be surprised if you start seeing these delicate little mushrooms soon at your local supermarkets, as Russ' original story points out.
Here are three chain markets likely to carry shimeji. Click on the store locator to find an outlet nearest you. It might also be a good idea to call in advance to make sure shimeji are on hand, so you don't waste your time: 99 Ranch market, Mitsuwa Marketplace and Marukai market.
-- Rene Lynch
Photo: Stephen Osman / Los Angeles Times