Sisi Shamu Datshi – Local Chanterelle Mushroom dish

Bhutanese cuisine features a lot of chili and cheese. Shamu datshi or mushroom cheese is a widely popular dish in Bhutan. Packed with lots of essential vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants, Sisi Shamu (Chanterelle mushroom) is a high-premium fungus eaten for its nutritional benefits. It’s a fantastic dish to serve for mushroom and cheese lovers. It can be eaten with nice crusty bread but it goes best with hot rice or khurley (Bhutanese buckwheat pan cake).

How to Prepare:
In a pan, place the shredded mushrooms, chili, garlic, water, oil, butter, and salt over high heat and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to medium-low, cover lid and cook for over 7 minutes until the mushrooms are cooked. Stir in the grated cheese, and add leek and further cook for 2 minutes or until cheese melts. Based on preference, add Sichuan pepper. It’s ready to serve!


Chanterelle Mushrooms 200 grams
Chili 4nos sliced
Cooking oil 1 tbs
Unsalted butter-Itbs
Water ¼ cup

Cheese 2/3 cup, grated
Leek 3-4 sliced thinly
Garlic clove sliced
Salt to test
Sichuan pepper optional

Chef Sonam Tobgay

He is currently a trainer for ‘Culinary Arts: Multi Cuisine’ program, De-Suung Skilling Program at Gaylpoizhing, Mongar. Earlier he worked as Chef at Zhewaling Ascent.