There’s plenty of room for ’shroomsA La Carte
July 7, 2019
Story By: Caroline Wright | Photos by: ANTHONY CONSILLIO
For nutritional value, it’s really hard to beat the humble, delicious mushroom. Mushrooms are a spectacular source of vitamins B and D, and minerals like selenium, potassium, and copper. They’re good sources of fiber, protein and antioxidants. Some have anti-inflammatory and prebiotic properties; some may even be able to help prevent respiratory infections.
That’s why there are plenty of mushrooms on the menu at Little Village. “We always look for healthy dishes for our customers,” explains managing partner David Chang. “I think mushrooms bring a lot to the table. They have so many health benefits!”
A family-style favorite, King Oyster Mushroom with Baby Spinach ($14.95) is a vegetarian spin on the classic Abalone with Mushrooms. These mushrooms aren’t just tasty, they also have plenty of antioxidants. “Instead of the abalone, we use oyster mushrooms layered on baby spinach with an oyster-sauce gravy,” says Chang.
The Portobello Mushroom Snow Pea Stir Fry ($13.95), called Baby Bello Snow Peas on Little Village’s chalkboard menu, is a popular stir-fry dish with a light sauce. “People are familiar with the taste and texture of portobello mushrooms, so we use them in Chinese stir-fries, and bring out their natural flavor,” says Chang.
A favorite from Little Village’s original menu, the Shiitake Mushroom Choi Sum (Choi Sum with Shiitake Mushroom on the chalk-board; $13.95) is made with Japanese shiitake. These little marvels are known to have plenty of antioxidants. “Many Chinese people like shiitakes because of their texture, and how meaty they are,” says Chang.
Long a favorite on Little Village’s regular menu, Mushroom & Pea Stir Fry ($10.95) consists of fresh button mushrooms, another variety known for anti-inflammatory qualities, and crispy snow peas flash-fried in a light garlic sauce. “It’s totally vegetarian; there’s no meat at all,” says Chang. “But if you want to add meat or seafood, just ask your server!”