Spaghetti with Japanese Mushrooms

Today’s mushrooms are three varieties, Buna-Shimeji, Hatake-Shimeji, and Enoki.

Shimeji and Enoki mushrooms

There are many varieties of edible mushroom native to East Asia, and many of them are called as the Japanese name in English.

  • Enoki                 Flammulina velutipes
  • Shiitake             Lentinula edodes
  • Shimeji              There are some families in an order of Agaricales.
    Hon-Shimeji              Lyophyllum shimeji(Kawamura) Hongo
    Buna-Shimeji            Hypsizygus marmoreus (Peck.) Bigelow
    Hatake-Shimeji        Lyophyllum decastes    * known as Tamba-Shimeji commonly
    Hiratake                      Pleurotus ostreatus
  • Matsutake         richoloma matsutake (S.Ito et Imai) Sing
  • Maitake             Grifola frondosa


Shimeji mushrooms
Shimeji mushrooms
Enoki mushrooms

On the other hand, mushroom is called “Kinoko” in Japanese.  It is a generic name including edible and non-edible.

And there is a Japanese word of “マッシュルーム (Masshu Rumu)”, that is written in katakana to reflect “mushroom”, that means just “common mushroom” (Agaricus bisporus (J. Lange) Imbach) in English.  It is a bit confusing.

Shimeji and enoki mushrooms

Today’s branch is Spaghetti with three Japanese mushrooms and tomato sauce.

  1. Chop down the root of each mushrooms and cut Enoki in half.  (about 200 g in total)
  2. Fry sliced onion (1/2 medium size) and bacon (40-50 g) in a frying pan, with olive oil and chipped garlic.
  3. Add mushrooms and cook them, seasoning with a little bit salt.
  4. Once tenderized, add canned tomato (400 g), wine vinegar (2 tbs).
  5. Add drained pasta in a pan and mix them.
Cooking of Spaghetti with Japanese Mushrooms
Cooking of Spaghetti with Japanese Mushrooms


Sprinkle chopped parsley and freshly grated parmigiano.

Spaghetti with Japanese Mushrooms

is a mushroom, that is a generic name including edible and non-edible.  茸(きのこ) literally “mushroom”
is a common mushroom (Agaricus bisporus (J. Lange) Imbach).  マッシュルーム(まっしゅるーむ)