Not to be confused with cloud ears
Chinese dried mushrooms impart a pungent flavor to Chinese dishes. They are also called Chinese black mushrooms, which is a bit misleading as the mushrooms can range in color from grey to light brown. Dried mushrooms need to be reconstituted (soaked in water to soften) before using. The soaking liquid is often used in place of water or chicken broth in a sauce. Practitioners of traditional Chinese medicine believe dried mushrooms can help lower blood pressure.
Learn more about Chinese dried mushrooms
How to Rehydrate Dried Mushrooms