Japanese Cutting Techniques: Shiitake Hanagiri (しいたけ花切り)
For Japanese hot pots and simmered dishes, you may see a flower pattern on shiitake mushroom caps. This is how you create the pattern.
- Cut a sliver off the top of the mushroom cap by making 2 incisions in the shape of a “V”. Bevel these cuts toward each other by inserting the knife diagonally.
- Make a second cutout, in the same manner, to form an “X” with the first cutout.
- You can keep this “X” pattern or add one or two more cutouts.
Watch the video below from 4:05.