Shimeji Mushroom Laab Recipe

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.

Recipe Facts

Active: 10 mins
Total: 10 mins
Serves: 2 servings

Rate & Comment


  • 8 ounces white or brown shimeji mushrooms, trimmed and separated into individuals (see note)

  • 2 medium shallots, peeled and thinly sliced lengthwise (about 2/3 cup)

  • 1 to 2 tablespoons Asian fish sauce

  • 2 tablespoons fresh juice from 2 limes (more to taste)

  • Dried red pepper flakes or powder, to taste

  • 1 tablespoon toasted rice powder (see note)

  • 1/3 cup finely-chopped culantro (sawtooth coriander) leaves (see note)


  1. Bring a medium saucepan of water to a boil over high heat. Working in batches if necessary, place mushrooms in a fine mesh strainer and lower into boiling water for 15 seconds. Lift, shake of excess moisture, and transfer to a large mixing bowl. Repeat until all mushrooms are blanched.

  2. Add shallots, 1 tablespoon fish sauce, and 1 tablespoon lime juice. Taste to see if more fish sauce and/or lime juice is needed. Salad should be predominantly sour. Add red pepper to taste. Add toasted rice powder and chopped culantro. Serve immediately.

This Recipe Appears In

Nutrition Facts (per serving)
89 Calories
1g Fat
19g Carbs
6g Protein
Show Full Nutrition Label Hide Full Nutrition Label
Nutrition Facts
Servings: 2
Amount per serving
Calories 89
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 1g 1%
Saturated Fat 0g 0%
Cholesterol 0mg 0%
Sodium 727mg 32%
Total Carbohydrate 19g 7%
Dietary Fiber 4g 13%
Total Sugars 8g
Protein 6g
Vitamin C 20mg 102%
Calcium 44mg 3%
Iron 2mg 9%
Potassium 704mg 15%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)