Wood-ear mushroom (moc nhi) is curly, crunchy and has almost no flavor. Vietnamese cooking uses it to add crunchiness to the dish.
How to use
The most common uses are adding it to meat mixture or stir-fry.
How to prep
Dried wood-ear mushroom requires soaking, and it does become much bigger after it has been rehydrated. Pour boiling water over dried wood-ear mushrooms and let them soak for 5-7 minutes, or until they are fully rehydrated.
Where to buy
You can find dried whole shiitake mushroom at Asian grocery stores.