Reishi, Shiitake & Caramelized Brown Rice Tea

Thomas J. Story

Yields 4 Servings Total Time 45 mins
AuthorJonny Black

Reishi, the flat, brown polypore (also known as ling-zhi) has been touted to reduce cholesterol, and enhance immune systems. Paired with earthy shiitakes and toasted rice, they also make a rich, satisfying tea.

How to Make It

1

Rinse rice thoroughly. In a medium pot, toast the rice on medium heat until aromatic and slightly caramelized. Cover rice with 1 1⁄2 cups filtered water and bring to a boil on high heat. Cover and allow to sit for 20 minutes.

2

Fluff rice, return to medium heat. Cook until the bottom layer of rice begins to stick to the pot and becomes deeply caramelized.

3

Remove from heat. Scoop out top layers of rice from pot, leaving about 1⁄2 inch of caramelized rice at the bottom. Add the filtered water and bring to a simmer.

4

Add mushrooms to the liquid, stirring to break up the rice at the bottom. Simmer on low heat for 15 minutes. Remove from heat and steep for an additional 10 minutes. Strain tea into desired cup and add honey as desired.

Ingredients

 1 large fresh shiitake mushroom, sliced thinly
 1 tbsp dried reishi mushroom, finely ground
 1 cup short-grain brown rice
 1 tbsp wildflower honey, plus more to taste
 1 ½ cups water
 20 fl oz filtered water

Directions

1

Rinse rice thoroughly. In a medium pot, toast the rice on medium heat until aromatic and slightly caramelized. Cover rice with 1 1⁄2 cups filtered water and bring to a boil on high heat. Cover and allow to sit for 20 minutes.

2

Fluff rice, return to medium heat. Cook until the bottom layer of rice begins to stick to the pot and becomes deeply caramelized.

3

Remove from heat. Scoop out top layers of rice from pot, leaving about 1⁄2 inch of caramelized rice at the bottom. Add the filtered water and bring to a simmer.

4

Add mushrooms to the liquid, stirring to break up the rice at the bottom. Simmer on low heat for 15 minutes. Remove from heat and steep for an additional 10 minutes. Strain tea into desired cup and add honey as desired.

Reishi, Shiitake & Caramelized Brown Rice Tea