November 7, 2013

straw mushrooms soup with patola and wild bittermelon

Mushrooms, mushrooms! And what’s more delicious than those growing and picked from the wild, like these gorgeous straw mushrooms (locally called uong garami or uong saba):

And paired with these equally wild or “native” vegetables for a truly exotic veggie delicacy—wild bittermelon (balang a paria) shoots and fruit, and patola (sponge gourd, kabatiti):

Small but insanely bitter vegetable fruit to challenge or tantalize your palate:

Cooked in the traditional Ilokano dinengdeng way, here’s the eventual result—all that mushroom flavor with the double dose of exotic wild paria bittery goodness and sweetened by the native kabatiti, all in fusion with the essence of bugguong (fish paste/sauce):

See more mushroom treats and recipes:

  • Uong ken lantong-utong, wild mushroom with young bean stalks/shoots
  • Dinengdeng nga uong-mais ken uggot-marunggay, wild mushrooms and marunggay leaves
  • Dinengdeng nga uong-bunton ken balang a paria, wild mushroom soup with bitter melon leaves

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    1 comment:

    1. It's been ages I haven't seen this round, wild Ampalayá or what the Ilokanos call 'Paryá'. At the Green Grocer's this veg is NOT sold.