Mushrooms are a favourite "sayur" or wild vegetables of the Ibans and other indigenous people of Sarawak.
this particular species is readily available in the Baram region. While the world
this is a giant one. Hope my finger gives you a good idea of its size.
Each little basket of these mushrooms cost RN2.00 - a reasonable price for the humble housewife. We used to pay only RM 1.00 before the oil price skyrocketed. Now the oil price has gone down the RM2.00 price for mushrooms remains.
These mushrooms are available every day in theKedayan and Muhibbah Markets and the Wet Market at E mart in Miri. So housewives and gourmet cooks alike will have a good choice of their fresh and wild mushrooms.
I like this type of mushrooms and cook them in several ways - in an omelette for breakfast with lots of onions and some peas. If I wish to do a special midin dish I would add some of these mushrooms. These mushrooms also go well with thin slivers of fresh chicken and some spring onions. This stir fry is easy to do and goes well with our local rice.
I have even tried cooking this type of mushroom with ginger chicken soup. Adding some Foochow red wine also enhances the aroma and taste.
Finally a stir fry of capsicum,carrots,young sweet corn and chicken with some of these mushrooms is really nice. Add lots of black pepper and a bit of oyster sauce.