Mushroom Mania Part I – Komeyui

My Dearest Readers 🙂 I am proud to announce that I have been chosen to be one of the official Mushroom Mania bloggers this year! The campaign is run by Australian Mushroom Growers and every year in July a handful of bloggers from each state will review mushroom dishes from cafes and restaurants of their choice. Check out their reviews here ~

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I am a huge fan of mushrooms! Love some herbed mushrooms for breakfast, in my stir-fry for lunch and mushroom sauce over my steaks for dinner 🙂 So I was thrilled to be part of Mushroom Mania and be able to share with you my favourite mushrooms dishes.

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I always knew mushrooms were good for me, but I didn’t realise that it was actually a superfood with so many benefits! Here are some interesting health facts:
– Mushrooms are a superfood – low in kilojules, high in bioactive compounds, antioxidants, nutrient-rich, flavour-rich, convenient and affordable.
– Mushrooms are not a plant and neither a fruit or vegetable, they have their own biological kingdom
– Mushrooms have a natural savoury flavour, which acts as a flavour enhancer like salt or MSG
– A serve of mushrooms provide over 20% of the recommended daily intake of Vitamin B and also contains vitamin B12
– You don’t need to sit in the sun to get vitamin D because Mushrooms naturally contain vitamin D ~
– Research suggest women who eat 10g mushrooms or more daily has a 50-69% lower risk of getting breast cancer compared to those who don’t
– Last but not least it’s very affordable 100 grams (three button mushrooms or one flat mushroom) is less than $1 a serve
For more information please visit the Power of Mushroom website.

Komeyui, Port Melbourne

Komeyui, Port Melbourne

I had so many ideas about the mushroom dishes but realised most of them were brunch places. Mr Bao wanted something a little out of the ordinary and suggested maybe we try looking for mushrooms dishes used in Japanese cuisine because many mushrooms originated from Japan such as the Shiitake, Enoki and Shimeiji 😀 Awesome idea! I immediately went through the menu of our favourite Japanese restaurant Komeyui, unfortunately, I wasn’t able to find any dishes where ‘mushrooms’ was the hero ingredient. But I didn’t want to give up…so I shamelessly emailed Kuma the executive chef and owner of Komeyui and told him about Mushroom Mania and whether he would like to create some mushroom dishes ~ Thankfully, he immediately agreed! YAY!

Chef Kuma

Chef Kuma

A week later, we were back at Komeyui and ready to try the special mushroom dishes 😀 Mr Bao was probably more excited because Japanese is definitely his favourite cuisine.

Button Mushroom Gratin $9 each

Button Mushroom Gratin $9 each

Wasting no time, the first mushroom dish was immediately brought to our table and it smelt so good. To my surprise it was a French inspired dish, a button mushroom gratin. It was a button mushroom filled with a duxelles (minced mixture of mushroom), an oyster topped with cheese and finished with pine nuts which gave it a great crunch. The dish had so much flavour and the duxelles just took the mushroom flavour to a whole new level! A highly recommended dish if you like mushrooms!

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The dish had so much flavour and the duxelles just took the mushroom flavour to a whole new level! A highly recommended dish if you like mushrooms!

Broiling seasonal mushrooms and clams $18

Broiling seasonal mushrooms and clams $18

Next was a lighter tasting dish, broiling seasonal mushrooms and clams which had oyster, enoki, shiitake and shimeiji mushrooms. Kuma told us he thinks this is the best way to eat mushrooms because usually mushrooms smell really great but some of that flavour is lost during the cooking process. But because the mushrooms are broiled it retains all the flavour, which I agree and the clams also gave it an additional sweetness.

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Mr Bao and I were fighting over the broth like liquid left behind because we think that’s the best part ~ I would recommend having this dish first and before having the gratin as it’s strong flavour may overpower this dish a little.

King Oyster Mushroom Nigiri

King Oyster Mushroom Nigiri

We only expected 2 dishes but Kuma also made us some King Oyster Mushroom Nigiri that was lightly seared with a blow torch. The oyster mushrooms can be quite bland in flavour, to add more flavour the sushi rice was actually seasoned with seaweed. I just wished more nigiri used seasoned rice 😀

Chawan Mushi $12.5

Chawan Mushi $12.5

We also ordered some non-shroom dishes, including this Chawan Mushi a savoury steamed egg custard with pieces of prawn, chicken and also a soft mochi like dumpling hidden inside 🙂 One of my favourite Japanese dishes!

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Ohhh surprisingly found mushrooms in the Chawan Mushi as well 🙂

Assorted Sushi & Sashimi $45

Assorted Sushi & Sashimi $45

Mr Bao loves his sushi, so he ordered the Assorted sushi and sashimi platter for us…but he probably ate more than half 😦 Not fair!

Sushi platter

The platter has a good variety of sushi and sashimi, with salmon, kingfish, tuna, scallop, salmon roll and ebi prawn. My pick would definitely be the seared salmon and the salmon roll with salmon roe on top. I love it when the roe pops and the salty liquid explode in my mouth hehe. Mr Bao really liked the tuna sashimi with a fatty oil layer which melts in his mouth ~

Deep fried soft shell crab $20

Deep fried soft shell crab $20

I had serious cravings for soft shell crab so we got a serve ~ I love how easy it is to eat without having to break any teeth trying to crack the shell. It was crispy and crunchy but not the least oily 🙂

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Hiding behind the soft shell crab! I found another MUSHROOM 😀 I’m actually not sure what mushroom this is? Button? Swiss Brown?

Berkshire Pork Tonkastu $27

Berkshire Pork Tonkastu $27

Still had some room for some more food 😛 so we tried the Berkshire Pork Tonkatsu another deep fried dish. I loved the thin batter coating the pork, even though it was deep fried it wasn’t dry and still tender and succulent inside. We would have liked a little more mustard but other than that it was great ~

Honey dew with brown sugar syrup

For once I was defeated 😛 I couldn’t have a proper dessert but we did have the complimentary honey dew with brown sugar syrup so that was a nice sweet treat to end our wonderful mushroom themed meal.

Even though two mushroom dishes were specially made for us ~ Kuma has now placed it on the menu and you too can try these dishes!

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There’s also a competition running on the Mushroom Mania website 😀

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It’s really simple! You eat a mushroom dish, share it through:
Instagram – follow @powerofmushrooms, post photo and hashtag it with the name of the restaurant (#establishment), state (#state), #mushroommania
Twitter – follow @Mighty_Mushroom, post your photo and hashtag it with the name of the restaurant (#establishment), state (#state), #mushroommania
Email – email your photo to mushroommania@emushrooms.org, state ‘Mushroom Mania’ as your email subject line, include full name, phone number and delivery address don’t forget the restaurant name and state 🙂
Competition opens 9am 1st July and runs until 11.59pm 31st July 2013.
For more information please visit their website.

Hope you’ll be enjoying some mushroom dishes too 😀

This is a sponsored post by Australia Mushroom Growers, but meal was paid for individually at Komeyui all opinions are honest and based on time of visit. 

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25 thoughts on “Mushroom Mania Part I – Komeyui

  1. mrbaobao July 17, 2013 at 10:30 am Reply

    OMG! This post is out haha~ Just to be slightly kinda of a nerd, mushrooms belong to the fungus kingdom 😀 anyway…yea super excited to have “contributed” in adding mushroom dishes to the special menus, also super super grateful to have Chef Kuma to cook for us!! I’m dying to go back soon~

    • Daisy@Nevertoosweet August 1, 2013 at 2:45 am Reply

      YAY! You came and left a message Mr Bao 😛 it’s quite rare hahaha thanks for the great idea and I’m glad Chef Kuma was so glad to help us create some special dishes! We’ll definitely have to go back soon!

  2. hotlyspiced July 17, 2013 at 1:12 pm Reply

    Congrats on being chosen to promote mushrooms, Daisy. I love cooking with mushrooms too and at this time of year, like to make a mushroom risotto. Looks like you enjoyed some great food on mushroom night xx

    • Daisy@Nevertoosweet August 1, 2013 at 2:46 am Reply

      Thanks Charlie 🙂 Sorry for the late reply! Hmmm mushroom risotto is a great idea! Perfect for a cold wintery night! Hope you’ve been well xox

  3. Choc Chip Uru July 17, 2013 at 1:12 pm Reply

    Congrats my friend, this is any mushroom lovers dream!
    You already reviewed this place brilliantly, converting me into liking shrooms 🙂

    Cheers
    Choc Chip Uru

    P.S. To prepare for my exams now I won’t be commenting for around 4 weeks – See you in a month my friend 🙂

    • Daisy@Nevertoosweet August 1, 2013 at 2:47 am Reply

      Aww thanks for letting me know my lovely Uru! Please don’t worry about not commenting! Good luck with your exams and looking forward to your return xx

  4. Sara (Belly Rumbles) (@bellyrumbles) July 17, 2013 at 4:20 pm Reply

    How brilliant, a mushroom packed meal. Some gorgeous dishes were created, nom.

    • Daisy@Nevertoosweet August 1, 2013 at 2:47 am Reply

      Couldn’t agree more with you on that Sara they were all so delicious 🙂

  5. Lorraine @ Not Quite Nigella July 17, 2013 at 5:16 pm Reply

    Well done Daisy! What a great post about mushrooms too-because I’m sure the aim was to get people eating more mushrooms and now I want some! 😛

    • Daisy@Nevertoosweet August 1, 2013 at 2:48 am Reply

      Thank you Lorraine 🙂 I’m glad I’ve inspired to have some mushrooms now! Please remember to post what mushroom dishes you make and show me hehe ~

  6. GourmetGetaways (@GourmetGetaway) July 17, 2013 at 5:38 pm Reply

    Oh I love mushrooms and I am really enjoying all the bloggers post on these delicious recipes! Thank you for sharing… I want mushrooms for dinner.

    • Daisy@Nevertoosweet August 1, 2013 at 2:48 am Reply

      I just read your mushroom pate recipe and my mouth is still watering 🙂

  7. myfairmelbourne July 17, 2013 at 7:22 pm Reply

    Wow! I love love love mushrooms :). I have never tried Chawan Mushi before it looks amazing. I must try it!

    • Daisy@Nevertoosweet August 1, 2013 at 2:49 am Reply

      Yay glad to know you’re a mushroom lover too! ohh you’re gonna have to try the chawan mushi soon its my favourite Japanese appetiser hehe ~

  8. Tina @ bitemeshowme July 18, 2013 at 7:58 am Reply

    I’m a huge fan of mushrooms and these look fantastic! Love the sound of the mushroom gratin! LOVE.

    • Daisy@Nevertoosweet August 1, 2013 at 2:50 am Reply

      I somehow knew you’d be a mushroom lover 🙂 I think it’s because you’re also a brunch type of gal and I think most of us ‘brunchers’ love our mushrooms hehe hope you’ve been well lovely xox

  9. sixinchheel July 18, 2013 at 4:11 pm Reply

    I was drooling as I really love mushrooms. I saw your IG and thought omgawd mushies.
    Nobody eats mushies in this house but me and I’m annoyed. LOL I NEED MY FIX.

    • Daisy@Nevertoosweet August 1, 2013 at 2:51 am Reply

      Whattttt that’s so annoying when the whole house doesn’t eat something 😦 maybe you can bribe or train your boys to liking mushrooms hehe ~ if not wait for me and we’ll go fix your mushroom fix!

  10. Norma Chang July 19, 2013 at 4:31 am Reply

    Mushrooms are my favorite. Will Chef Kuma share one or both of the recipes?

    • Daisy@Nevertoosweet August 1, 2013 at 2:51 am Reply

      I’m not sure if Chef Kuma will share his recipe but let me ask him for you 🙂

  11. Hannah July 19, 2013 at 11:47 am Reply

    Congratulations! Love mushrooms, love Komeyui. Hope to see some mushroom desserts 😉

    • Daisy@Nevertoosweet August 1, 2013 at 2:56 am Reply

      Thanks lovely 🙂 Ohhh have you visited Komeyui before? Definitely one of the best in Melbourne hehe oh wow never thought of a mushroom dessert hehe

  12. Cara @ Gourmet Chick July 19, 2013 at 12:07 pm Reply

    Great gig – I love mushrooms so eating your way around town to try different mushrooms sounds pretty good indeed!

  13. Chompchomp July 22, 2013 at 8:19 am Reply

    I love how some chefs are so happy to get on board with Mushroom Mania; for my second post we had a mushroom dego complete with a cute cep mushroom macaron!

  14. msihua (@msihua) July 23, 2013 at 2:37 pm Reply

    Oh wow! So many mushroom dishes.. love love love this!

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