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Shimeji Mushroom Laab

[Photograph: Leela Punyaratabhandu]

Notes: Shimeji mushrooms are available at larger Asian supermarkets. You have the best chances of finding them at a store specializing in Japanese or Korean food products. But if you can't find shimeji mushrooms, oyster mushrooms would be the next best thing.

Toasted rice powder can be purchased from a Asian grocery store or prepared at home. All you have to do is toasting some raw long grain rice in a dry skillet over low heat, stirring constantly, until the rice kernels are turning light brown. Then you remove the pan from heat, let the rice cool completely, and grind it in a mortar or a coffee grinder.

Lastly, if you can't find culantro, use cilantro.

About the author: Leela is the author of the Thai food blog You can follow her at @shesimmers

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