You have to hand it to the lads over at the Ministry of Mushrooms: in their drive to build up the Philippine mushroom industry, they’ve served up some of the most interesting – and delicious – mushroom dishes. Their mushroom burgers are a major draw over at the Saturday Market in Salcedo Village, jars of mushroom antipasti (perfect for hors d’oeuvres or tossed in with some hot pasta) are snapped up quickly, and their mushroom lasagne is just the thing for solo suppers.
And, for those of you who want something different on the dinner table, they now offer a mushroom risotto mix.
Each packet costs P 300.00. Pricey, you say? Not so when you realize that this mix has virtually everything in it: rice, dried porcini, oyster, and shiitake mushrooms all seasoned with some sea-salt and cracked black pepper. Plus, for the cost of a similarly-composed side dish at some tony establishment, you get to make a side dish (or veg main) you can share with a group of two or more.
Don’t balk at the idea of making this on your stovetop: the guys from M-of-M have the instructions printed at the back of the packet, and you have the option of either preparing it on a hob (rather time consuming and it does take a bit of effort with the stirring involved) or in one’s rice cooker. Either way, it’s dead-easy and the resulting dish is rich, earthy-tasting, and truly comforting. May I just say that it’s the best thing to eat with a lemon-and-garlic roasted chicken and a tangy fresh salad. White wine, of course, is a must…