These fungi appear in deciduous dipterocarp forest for 2 or 3 days a year, and if encountered are quickly plucked from the ground and destined for the cooking pot. The Shan in Mae Hong Son province call them ‘hep mon kai’ or ‘egg yolk fungi’ because of their resemblence to a boiled egg yolk. They have a rather slimy texture and are often boiled with other wild vegetables or stir-fried with pork. I was lucky to find a group of them today, just as they were bursting out of the ground, and they were a tasty addition to the evening meal. They were fungilicious….


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  • micheleirene
    micheleireneabout 5 years ago

    Now how cool is that?! Very interesting John! What do they taste like?

  • They are a bit…slimy, with a mildish, wild fungi flavour, soft, quite even texture; they are not my favourite but and very popular with the locals. Today many Shans were out collecting and selling little leaf baskets full of them.

    – John Spies

  • RealPainter
    RealPainterabout 5 years ago

    wayyyyyyyyyy kool…..i do love it……..awesome….thanks for showing this one, i hope you sell many of them

  • Thanks for the great comment, and it would be nice to sell a pic…sure it would like nice on a wall somewhere

    – John Spies

  • karentillotson
    karentillotsonabout 5 years ago

    Amazing…what a brilliant yellow!

  • I would love to put up a few more pics of these lovely budding little guys, they were just so photogenic, maybe another one or two wouldn’t hurt

    – John Spies

  • Rainy
    Rainyabout 5 years ago


  • Thanks again Rainy, it was been a good day with features and a nice meal of ‘gang het mon kai’.

    – John Spies

  • Esther's Art and Photography
    Esther's Art a...about 5 years ago

    That is so interesting. Amazing fungi. I loved it also that you showed the other one when the “yolk” has risen out of the “shell” Fantastic!!!

  • Thanks so much Esther, I love the shell analogue, I was thinking more of a boiled egg in an eggcup

    – John Spies

  • Joy Watson
    Joy Watsonabout 5 years ago

    amazing capture.

  • Thanks bubbleblue, almost like it is illuminated inside

    – John Spies

  • Ryleigh
    Ryleighalmost 5 years ago

    That’s cool! At a glance I thought it was a snake eating an egg. Great find!

  • It does look like it is being swallowed, thanks Ryleigh

    – John Spies

  • catherine walker
    catherine walkeralmost 5 years ago

    very Interesting ..great photo too!!!

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