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Porcini in Chinatown?

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Porcini in Chinatown?

Fillay | Apr 13, 2005 08:41 AM

Mycologists, help!

I was walking near the Grand Street subway in Chinatown yesterday and I passed a vendor selling what looked to be fresh porcini mushrooms for $4 a pound. Long, fat beautiful white bodies, small brown cap. No aroma that I could detect.

Is this possible? Would it be the season for fresh porcini, or is this just an elegant imposter? Is there an equivalent mushroom in Chinese cuisine?

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